Terms of Use

Agreement to terms

This website is hosted and operated by Environment Southland. The terms below apply to the entire content of this website and its sub-sites. By using the website, you will be deemed to have read and agreed to these terms.


Unless otherwise stated, copyright for all information on this site belongs to Environment Southland.

Information on this site may be reproduced free of charge in any format or media by New Zealand Government and local government agencies, and by non-commercial organisations, without requiring specific permission. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not being used in a misleading context.

Where the material is being published or issued to others, the source and copyright status must be acknowledged, and the Environment Southland url www.es.govt.nz must be clearly displayed. When it is displayed in an electronic format, this url must be a live hyperlink.

Commercial organisations, businesses and trade organisations require permission to reproduce any content from Environment Southland. At times this website may contain documents or links to documents that are copyright protected. Permission to reproduce copyrighted documents may therefore be required from the copyright holders concerned.


While we use reasonable effort to maintain content on this website, we do not guarantee the accuracy and completeness of the information provided, and cannot accept responsibility for any actions taken based on it. We cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to the website, and that all information on or downloaded from the site will be free from errors or defects.

We may in places provide links to other websites. We are not responsible for the currency or accuracy of content on or from other websites. The inclusion of a link to a third party site does not imply any approval or endorsement of the linked website, its content or provider.

We disclaim and exclude all liability for any claim, loss, demand or damage of any kind (including for negligence) arising out of or in connection with the use of either this website or the information, content or materials included on this site or on any website to which it is linked.


We are committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to our website. This privacy notice applies to personal information collected through our website and any of its sub-sites.

Collecting personal information

We collect your personal information in order to fulfil the legislative requirements of our Business, including information about your:

  • name
  • contact information
  • location
  • computer or network
  • interactions with us
  • billing or purchase information

Providing some information is optional.  We keep your information safe by using secure systems and processes including policy and ensure secure access to your information by authorised staff only.

Information held in relation to newsletter subscriptions

We provide email subscription options for updates on various topics. Subscription to email updates is optional, and users can unsubscribe at any time.

Information held in relation to submissions

Information held in relation to a submission or further submission on a Plan or Plan Change may be made available in printed or digital documents, and may show up in minutes or agendas. There are limited circumstances when your submission or your details can be kept confidential. If you consider you have compelling reasons why your submission or your contact details should be kept confidential, please contact us.

Access to your personal information we hold

You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong.  If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or have it corrected, please contact us at service@es.govt.nz, or 0800 76 88 45 or write to:

The Privacy Officer
Environment Southland
Private Bag 90116

If you are concerned that we may have breached the Privacy Act or if you are not sure of our obligations, you can call the Privacy Commissioner's Privacy Hotline: 0800 803 909.

Improving this website

When you use the online feedback form, the enquiries are stored and analysed for the purposes of improving this website.

We also collect statistical information about your visit to help improve the site. This information is aggregated and doesn't identify you personally. It includes:

  • your IP address;
  • the search terms you used;
  • the pages you accessed on this website and the links you clicked on;
  • the date and time you visited the website;
  • the referring site (if any) through which you clicked through to this site;
  • your operating system (e.g. Windows, Mac, Android);
  • the type of web browser you use (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox);
  • other things like your screen resolution and the language setting of your browser.

This site generates persistent session cookies for the purpose of monitoring site usage. The cookies don't collect personal information. You can disable them or clear them out of your web browser without affecting your ability to use the site.

Online Payments

By using any online payments on this website, you accept and agree to be bound by the Online Payments Terms and Conditions.


We may revise the Terms of Use from time to time without notification, and it is your responsibility to ensure you are familiar with them.

Page reviewed: 08 Feb 2017 4:32pm