Terms and conditions

LAWA Terms of Use

These are the terms of use of the LAWA website.

The LAWA partners are:

Regional Councils and Unitary Councils: Auckland Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Environment Canterbury, Gisborne District Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Horizons Regional Council, Marlborough District Council, Nelson City Council, Northland Regional Council, Otago Regional Council, Environment Southland, Taranaki Regional Council, Tasman District Council, Waikato Regional Council, West Coast Regional Council, Ministry for the Environment, Statistics New Zealand, Department of Conservation and the Cawthron Institute. 

This site is operated by Regional Software Holdings Limited on behalf of the LAWA partners.


The copyright in this site and its contents is owned by the contributing regional councils and their licensors.  You may use the content of this site for your personal, non-commercial purposes without further permission provided that the source of the material is acknowledged.  

Except as stated in the above paragraph, no portion of the content of the website or the trade marks LAWA, Land Air Water Aotearoa or related marks, may be copied, used or distributed without the written permission of the site operator.


The information provided on this website is intended to provide general information to the public.  All reasonable measures have been taken to ensure that the information it contains is accurate. However, visitors are advised that:

  • information on this website is true and accurate to the best of the site operator’s knowledge, but the site operator and the LAWA partners do not accept any liability for its accuracy or content;
  • real-time data available on the website is are provisional, and have not been reviewed.  These data may be reviewed and altered at any time, without notice.
  • information on this website does not replace or alter the Resource Management Act 1991 or any other laws of New Zealand;
  • information on this website is not legal advice;
  • the site operator may change information contained on this website without notice;
  • the site operator is not responsible for the content and accuracy of any information or displayed documents that have been provided by third parties, and does not endorse the views expressed within those documents;
  • links to any other websites are included only for convenience, and should not be taken as the site operator’s endorsement of those websites or their content; and
  • the site operator does not implicitly endorse any website, organisation, or people who have links or refer to this website.


We (the LAWA partners and the site operator) do not collect personal information on this site unless you choose to give it to us.

Through Google Analytics, we collect statistical information about your visit to help us improve the site.  This information is aggregated and cannot be used to identify you.  Google Analytics collects IP addresses through anonymous identifiers but it does not report the IP addresses to us or to any other person.  More information about Google Analytics can be found here: www.google.com/intl/en_uk/analytics/privacyoverview.html.  

We also use cookies to monitor site usage and to help us improve the site.  The cookies do not collect personal information. You can disable cookies or clear them out of the web browser you are using to view this site without affecting your ability to use the site.

If you voluntarily provide personal information (for example, by posting an event or sharing an  observation), we will keep a record of that information and may use it and disclose it in order to validate any news or events posted to the site, respond to pollution incidents reported through the site, or to respond to your enquiries. If you provide personal information as part of a story or event, that personal information [will/may] be [immediately] published on this site. 

If you provide us with an image (for example, if you submit a photograph as part of a story), that image must not infringe the intellectual property rights of a third party.  By submitting an image, you warrant that any person depicted in the image has consented to the image being published on the LAWA website.  

When dealing with information, we will comply with the relevant information legislation, such as the Official Information Act 1982, the Local Government Official Information Act and the Privacy Act 1993.

We will not disclose your personal information unless to do so is directly related to a purpose in connection with which you gave us the information, if disclosure is required by law, or if there are safety reasons for disclosing the information.  We will ask you for permission before sharing your information in any other circumstances.

You have the right to access and to request to update and/or correct your personal information that we hold.  Please contact the privacy officer if you wish to do so.

Our address for contact purposes is:

Privacy Officer, c/- Regional Software Holdings Limited, PO Box 1007, Palmerston North Central, Palmerston North 4440

Or send an email to admin@lawa.org.nz.