Last Updated: May 2021
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited (NIWA, we, us or our) take your privacy very seriously and are committed to ensuring we comply with the Privacy Act 2020 and all other relevant privacy legislation and regulatory requirements (Privacy Laws). We ensure that all our subsidiaries comply with applicable Privacy Laws.
We may collect personal information you provide to us, such as your name, email address, contact details, occupation, organisation/ industry, and other personal information generated through your interactions with us. This information can be obtained through a variety of sources, including:
We do not trade in personal information and will only process your personal information for those purposes to which you have consented (consent) or where we have a lawful reason to do so, including the following common purposes where it is necessary for us to:
We will only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was collected, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason aligns to the original purpose or is otherwise required or permitted by law.
We will only share your personal information with another third party to the extent necessary for the purposes listed above and in accordance with law. We take all reasonable precautions to ensure that any third party contractor or service provider who may access your personal information on our behalf keeps your personal information secure and processes it lawfully and in accordance with our instructions.
We treat your personal information with respect, and maintain robust information security management processes and confidentiality protocols to help ensure that it is protected against misuse, loss and unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure. We retain the information we hold in accordance with our statutory obligations and for the period that we lawfully need to keep it: we take reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify personal information that is no longer necessary for us to keep. We typically use the TLS encryption protocol for secure communication of NIWA webpages over the Internet. If we have given you (or if you have chosen) a password to enable access to certain Website subscription services, you are responsible for keeping this password secure and confidential.
Any personal information provided to us is held by, or on behalf of, NIWA at one of NIWA’s sites in New Zealand and/or by our contracted third-party service providers. We may use both national or overseas third-party providers to manage and store the personal and other information we collect, and we ensure that any such provider has sufficient security measures in place to protect your personal information.
You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to request for it to be corrected if you believe it is incorrect To request a copy of your personal information, or to have it corrected, please contact us. You can also ask to be removed from any of NIWA’s subscription lists at any time. Please contact us if you have any concerns relating to the handling of your personal information by us; however, you can also refer the matter to the Privacy Commissioner or, where appropriate, the Ombudsman.
Please be aware that we may need you to provide evidence of your identity should you make a request for access or correction of personal information to us.
We may collect personal and other information from you through your use of the Website (including when you subscribe to our Website services) and NIWA applications, and we do this by using “cookies”, log files and other technologies. Our use of any personal information gathered through the Website or NIWA applications complies with this policy.
In addition to cookies, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC (Google), to analyse how visitors use the Website. This service collects and analyses specific information such as IP addresses, device and software identifiers, referring and exit sites, and site behaviour and use. NIWA uses Google Analytics to collect and process statistical information about visits to the Website, but the data we collect through this service is aggregated and/or anonymous. For information on Google’s use of the data collected through this service see their here. This service respects any “do not track” settings on web browsers.
We may from time to time use different web analytic tools on our Website and/or NIWA applications for the purposes of tracking use and traffic, but if so, we will ensure that any such tool respects privacy settings and has safeguards in place to protect your personal information.
The Website or our other communications to you may contain links to third-party websites and social media pages on various platforms. We may also use social networking services to communicate with you and the public about our work. If you follow any of these links or use those services, they may collect your personal information and track your web use for their own purposes. As such, you should read their individual privacy and cookies policies.
We may make changes to this policy from time to time to ensure it aligns with how our company operates and continues to comply with all current laws and regulations. Any such changes will be noted on this page and we encourage you to visit this page regularly to check for updates. We may also take additional steps to bring the changes to your attention, including by notifying you directly. We will update you of any material changes as required by law.
These cookies collect information about how you use our websites — for instance, which pages you go to most. This data may be used to help optimise our website and make it easier for you to navigate. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies you. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.