Privacy, copyright & terms of use

On this page you can our Terms of Use and our copyright and privacy statements.

What's on this page

Privacy statement 

You may browse and access information contained within this website without providing any personal information. Where you voluntarily provide personal information (e.g. through online forms or email requests), we will only use that information to communicate with you. 

We will keep any such information secure and will not disclose it to any third parties. To view any personal information held by us, or if you have any concerns about personal information that we hold and wish to request its correction, you can contact us. 

Copyright notice 

Crown copyright 

Material made available on websites and social media belonging to Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People is protected by Crown copyright except where otherwise stated.   

Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People licenses its material for re-use under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) external  License. In summary this means you are free to copy, distribute, and adapt the material, without further permission and for free as long as:  

  • it is reproduced accurately 
  • it is not used in a derogatory manner or in a misleading context, and 
  • there is an acknowledgement of the source and copyright status of the material. 

The license does not apply to the following media wherever found on the website belonging to Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People or to its social media: 

  • logos, emblems and trade marks 
  • design elements, and 
  • photography and imagery. 

To use this media you must first obtain permission from Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People. 

No departmental or governmental emblem, logo, or Coat of Arms can be used in any way that infringes any provision of the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981. For more information read the full Flags, Emblems and the Names Protection Act 1981 external, on the NZ Legislation website. 

Copyright of third parties 

Websites and social media pages belonging to Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People may provide links to third party websites or social media for the benefit of site users. These may hold information that is the copyright of the third parties. To use this copyright you must obtain the permission from the copyright owner to use: 

  • copyrighted materials from other websites, or 
  • material on websites belonging to Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People or its social media pages that is protected by the copyright of a third party. 

Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People cannot provide you with this permission. 


The information provided on this website is intended to provide general information to the public and all reasonable measures have been taken to ensure that the information set out in this website is accurate. However, visitors to this website are informed that: 

  • Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People will not be liable to you on any legal basis (including negligence) for any loss or damage (including consequential loss and statutory damages) you suffer through your use of its material except in those cases where the law does not allow us to exclude or limit our liability to you. 
  • The contents of this website should not be construed as legal advice. 
  • The website is not intended to take the place of, or to represent the written law of, New Zealand or other official guidelines or requirements. 
  • Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People is not responsible for the accuracy of the content on the sites and social media it links to and does not endorse any commercial organisations. 
  • Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People may change, delete, add to, or otherwise amend information contained on this website without notice. 
  • Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People does not implicitly or impliedly endorse any website, organisation, or people who have off-site links to its website. 
  • Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People is not responsible for the contents or reliability of any linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Linking is for convenience only and should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People cannot guarantee that these links will work all the time and has no control over availability of the linked pages. 

Terms of Use 

Data and information accuracy 

Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People takes care that the information on this website is accurate and up to date but we do not guarantee it. We recommend you evaluate whether the information on this website is suitably accurate, current, complete, and relevant for your purposes and get professional advice relevant to your situation if you are using the information for important decisions. 


The platform and tools Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People uses for this site have been carefully chosen. However, the internet is not completely secure so we cannot make any guarantees as to security. You are responsible for the security of your computer system. You must not access or attempt to access websites or online services that belong to Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People through automated tools (including the use of scripts, web-crawlers, robots or screen-scrapers) or engage in any activity that will, or is likely to, interfere with or disrupt our websites or online services. 

External links 

Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People takes reasonable care when we link to other websites, but we have no control over what is on them or what happens when you access them. Links and references to websites, organisations, or people outside of the NZSL Board are meant to be useful, but they are in no way an endorsement. You are responsible for assessing whether information in these websites is suitable for your purposes and their checking terms, and conditions and privacy policies.