Privacy policy

The following provides details about Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research's Privacy Policy in the context of the Biota of New Zealand website.

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research has a legal obligation to comply with the Privacy Act 1993. Under the Act, organisations that are in possession of an individual's 'personal information' must observe certain restrictions and standards concerning the collection, use, disclosure and security of that information.

This is the Privacy Policy ('Policy') in context of the Biota of New Zealand ('BiotaNZ') website.


We may collect certain personal information from you in the course of providing this service to you. By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of the information as described here.


Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research may change or modify this Policy from time to time and will notify you of these changes on this website. Any such change or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on the website. We advise you to check this Policy on a regular basis and your continued use of this website represents your agreement to be bound by the new terms of the revised Policy.

What identifiable information is collected?

When you submit searches or request data downloads in the BiotaNZ site we record the parameters of the search or download request.  This information is not linked with any individual person.

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research may also collect information about its customers through their use of the services on this website, which may include information relating to their use of the website and the content they access.

How is the information used?

Our primary goal in collecting this information is to help improve the BiotaNZ website and provide a better information resource and services for users.

You agree that we may use your personal information to assist us to provide these services to you, for internal research purposes, to verify your identity, for promoting and marketing other Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research data products to you, and for any other use you authorise.

Who is collecting information?

This information is only collected by Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research as part of providing a service to you. If the data are to be collected or maintained by anyone else, you will be notified prior to the time of the data collection or transfer. If you do not want your data to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer, but this may reduce the service that BiotaNZ can provide.

At no time will personal details be shared beyond these services or beyond Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research without your consent.

Please be aware that the information practices of websites that may be linked to the BiotaNZ website or are provided as links by the BiotaNZ website are not covered by this privacy statement. Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these websites. We suggest that you review the privacy policy of each site you visit.

With whom will the information be shared?

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research will only release personal information when we believe release is required to:

  1. Comply with the law
  2. Comply with Court proceedings
  3. Enforce our Terms of Use
  4. Protect the rights, property or safety of Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research, our staff and our users.

We will not sell or allow third parties to access your personal information without your consent.

Privacy complaints

You should first direct any complaint of an alleged breach of the Privacy Act to our Privacy Officer. The contact details are as follows:

Kylie Hansen, Privacy Officer

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research, PO Box 69040, Lincoln 7640, New Zealand

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