Terms and Conditions

Read these terms and conditions relating to use of material published on this website.


Except where otherwise stated, the information on this website that is subject to Crown copyright is licensed for use under the following terms:

CC BY Licence This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence. In essence, you are free to copy, distribute and adapt the work, as long as you attribute the work to the Crown and abide by the other licence terms. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/nz/.  Please note that no departmental or governmental emblem, logo or Coat of Arms may be used in any way that infringes any provision of the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981. (www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1981/0047/latest/whole.html#dlm52216)  Attribution to the Crown should be in written form and not by reproduction of any such emblem, logo or Coat of Arms.

Licence does not extend to third party contributions The licence referred to in clause 2 above does not extend to contributions to the Site by third parties (e.g., comments added to posts) to the extent that those third parties possess copyright in those contributions. Permission should be sought from those third parties for any use of their contributions that would otherwise infringe their copyright. LINZ cannot grant this permission.

Licence to user-generated content other than personal information not visible on the Site, which is covered under the Privacy Policy, any material you transmit or post to the Site will be considered non-confidential. You grant the Crown a non-exclusive, royalty-free and irrevocable licence to publish your contributions in any media and in any format, including on this or any other website, in hard copy publications, in catalogue services, email notifications and alerts and in syndicated news feed (e.g RSS).

Third party copyright If your contributions to the Site include material in which copyright or other intellectual property is owned by a third party, you warrant that you have the right to use that material.


Communications with LINZ

When visitors communicate with LINZ, including via email, through online forms, or through contributions/comments to LINZ owned blogs, forums or other social media, LINZ reserves the right to:

  • use the information for the purpose it was supplied
  • use the information to update our databases
  • share the information with other government agencies that are entitled to the information under legislation.

By contributing to a blog, users automatically give LINZ the right to publish comments/contributions on the website.

Metadata entry (via submission, upload, or harvest), Blogs, forums and other social media

By using or contributing to geodata.govt, visitors automatically agree to the website’s specific terms of use AND the LINZ privacy and copyright statements.

Unacceptable use You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from the Site any material that is illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights, invasive of privacy or otherwise injurious or objectionable.

Co-operation with authorities LINZ will co-operate fully with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing LINZ to disclose the identity or locate anyone posting any material in breach of clause 6 above.

New Zealand Law applies LINZ views entering metadata on geodata.govt as a public activity. LINZ is subject to the Official Information Act 1982.

Standards of Integrity and Conduct Government employees who participate on the Site are reminded of their obligations under the Standards of Integrity and Conduct.

Banning abusive commenters We reserve the right to terminate a user’s access or ability to post to the comments areas if we believe the commenting facility is being abused. 

Collection of Information

Any information provided by you to Land Information New Zealand via this Internet site may be kept for statistical purposes and may be used for communicating with you. The information will not be disclosed to a third party unless you have consented or unless disclosure is required or permitted by the Privacy Act 1993.


Whilst reasonable measures have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the material available on this website, Land Information New Zealand gives no warranty in relation to the material, including its accuracy, reliability and suitability and accepts no liability whatsoever in relation to any loss, damage or other costs relating to the use of any material, any compilations, derivative works or modifications of the material.

Third party material available on this website does not necessarily represent the views of LINZ.

The inclusion of links to third party sites does not imply any endorsement of the linked website or its content or provider.

Contributors’ views, including those submitted as comments, are their own and do not reflect the view of LINZ or any official policy. Views expressed on the Site by LINZ contributors are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of LINZ or official policy.

No Liability

LINZ is not liable for any loss or any damage whatsoever caused to a contributor or visitor using this site.


LINZ may revise these Terms of use at any time. Any such revisions will take effect once notified through a post on the site detailing the respect(s) in which the Terms have changed.