1. Purpose

The purpose of this privacy policy is to let users of our website (the “Site”) know when we collect personal information and what we do with it. We do not use, share or transfer personal information except as set out in this policy.

Collection, storage and use

2.  No need to disclose personal information

The Site can be viewed and its web feeds can be subscribed to without the need to disclose any personal information to us.

3.  Your disclosure of personal information

You may decide to disclose personal information to us by providing identifying information when:

  • seeking information from or via the Site;
  • providing feedback on the Site or our organisation; or
  • disclosing personal information to us by providing identifying information for the Site's community directory.

This information will be viewable by certain members of our staff and, in the case of the community directory, the public.

4.    Holding of information

Personal information that you provide will be held by the Department of Internal Affairs.

5.    Use of personal information

We will only use personal information provided to us for the following purposes:

  • to provide services offered by this Site;
  • to enable users to collaborate and share information;
  • to administer and evaluate this Site;
  • to improve our services;
  • to communicate with users of the Site; and
  • to send you news of activities within the Ministry and about things happening within ethnic communities.

Statistical information and cookies

6.    Statistical information
We may collect statistical information about your visit to help us analyse usage of, and improve, the Site. This information includes:

  •    users' IP addresses;
  •    users' search terms;
  •    pages accessed on the Site;
  •    links that are clicked on;
  •    date and time of Site visits;
  •    previous visited site;
  •    users' operating systems; and
  •    browsers used when accessing the Site.

7.    Cookies

This Site generates cookies for all visitors. A cookie akin to “rcqg9krgjgaiac104hqb70i9q2” is a random session cookie that only lasts on your computer for as long as your Internet browser session (window) remains open. Cookies named "__umta", "__utmb", "__utmc" and "__utmz" are Google Analytics tracking cookies. "__utmc" is a browser session (i.e., temporary) cookie; the others are stored for longer but you can delete them from your computer if you wish. "has_js" is a temporary cookie that detects if javascript is running in your browser and enables a range of extra functions and layout changes. You will still be able to view the Site if you block all cookies.

Records and disclosure statement

8.    Public Records, Official Information and Parliament

Personal and other information disclosed to us on or via the Site may constitute public records and be retained to the extent required by the Public Records Act 2005. We may also be required to disclose such information under the Official Information Act 1982 or to a Parliamentary Select Committee or Parliament in response to a Parliamentary Question.

Rights of access and correction.

9.    Your rights

You have the right to access and to request correction of any of your personal information provided to us in connection with your use of this Site. If you would like to see the personal information relating to you that we have stored, or to request correction of such personal information, or if you have any concerns regarding your privacy, please contact us by any of the means set out below. We may require proof of your identity before being able to provide you with any personal information.

The Privacy Office
Ministry for Ethnic Communities
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140

10.    Privacy Commissioner

If you are not satisfied with our response to any privacy-related concern you may have, you can contact the Privacy Commissioner:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner
PO Box 10-094
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64-4-474 7590
Enquiries Line (from Auckland): 302 8655
Enquiries Line (from outside Auckland): 0800 803 909
Fax: +64-4-474 7595
Email: enquiries@privacy.org.nz

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