Terms of use

The following provides details about the terms of use for the Biota of New Zealand website.

Terms of use of the content

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research is the custodian of several Nationally Significant Collections and associated Databases including the NZ Fungal Names Database, NZ Land Invertebrate Names Database and NZ Plant Names Database. We provide access to information from these databases via the Biota of New Zealand (BiotaNZ) website as a Public Good resource and welcome feedback to help us improve the quality, accessibility and use of these data. This website presumes the end-user has an understanding of the appropriate use and limitations associated with such data. These include:

  • The data are provided on an 'as is' and 'as available' basis.
  • Some components of the data may be inaccurate, incomplete or imprecise. 

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research accepts no responsibility for any actions taken in reliance on the contents of this website or consequences arising from the use of it.

Copyright in data

The data, but not the images, in this website are made available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This allows for the redistribution of the data and any derivative works based on the data, provided that the source of the data is acknowledged and that derivative products are released under the same conditions.

Copyright in website and images

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research holds all copyright in BiotaNZ and all images in the website, unless indicated otherwise. They may not be reproduced in whole or part except under licence from Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research or the indicated copyright holder.

Citation conventions

We recommend the use of the following conventions to cite BiotaNZ and data:

  • To cite the whole website:
    • Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research (YYYY) Biota of New Zealand . https://biotaNZ.landcareresearch.co.nz. Accessed YYYY-MM-DD.
  • To cite all data from one database:
    • Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research (YYYY) <Database Name>. Accessed  https://biotaNZ.landcareresearch.co.nz. YYYY-MM-DD.
  • To cite data from more than one database
    • Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research (YYYY) Taxonomic data from the <Name of first database> and <Name of second database>. Accessed https://biotaNZ.landcareresearch.co.nz. YYYY-MM-DD.

Except as required by law, Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research cannot and does not warrant the performance or results you may obtain by using BiotaNZ. No warranties, express or implied, are given as to non-infringement of third-party rights, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose.

Limit of liability

Subject to any liability that may not be excluded or limited by law, Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research shall not be liable on any legal basis (including, without limitation, negligence) and hereby expressly excludes all liability for loss or damage howsoever and whenever caused.

Terms of use of the website

By using BiotaNZ you agree, and are deemed to be bound by the following terms. If you choose not to be bound by the following terms, then Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research does not grant you the right to use this site.

You agree that you will not attempt to alter this site nor employ any robot, spider, or other device or process or means whatever to use this site for any unauthorised purposes.

You agree not to:

  • Make excessive traffic demands
  • Deliver viruses or forward any other system which is of a destructive nature or capable of so being whether alone or in combination
  • Otherwise engage in any other behaviour that may be reasonably expected to inhibit other users from using and enjoying the site
  • Damage or destroy the reputation of Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research.

You acknowledge that Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research may suspend the operation of the BiotaNZ website for repair or maintenance work or in order to update the contents or functionality of the website.

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research accepts no obligation to monitor the use of this site. However, we reserve the right to disclose any information as required by law, to block access to you, your agents, associates or your company and take such other action as may be reasonably necessary to prevent any breach of these terms and conditions or any breach of applicable laws.

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research will, at our absolute discretion, fully co-operate with the relevant authorities with respect to any investigation of suspected unlawful activity or violation of the website's security.

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research does not warrant that BiotaNZ or the Internet generally will be uninterruptible or error free or that any information, software or other material accessible from this site is free of viruses or other harmful components.

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research is not responsible for any information contained on sites which this website provides links to, nor any third-party content that can be accessed through this website. The inclusion of any link to a website is not an endorsement of the linked site.

Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research reserves the right to modify or terminate BiotaNZ for any reason without notice at any time.

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