Privacy policy

In this privacy policy the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is referred to as MBIE, we, us or our.


The purpose of this privacy statement is to let users of this website know when we collect personal information and what we may do with it. We don’t use, share or disclose personal information collected or received through this website except as set out in this statement.


This privacy statement applies to personal information collected through

Collection, storage and use

You can use without disclosing any personal information.

We understand your personal information is important to you, and we are committed to protecting your privacy. We will only retain personal information until no longer necessary and according to our legal requirements.

Voluntary disclosure of personal information

You may choose to voluntarily provide personal information through this website (eg, in a submission form or when subscribing to news and updates). This personal information may be viewable by website administrators, the secretariat staff (as appropriate) and third-party contractors who may administrate or work on the website.

Electronic alerts and newsletters

When you subscribe to one of our alerts or newsletter, the details you provide may be stored in a secure third-party database (eg, Mailchimp). You will be asked to provide your name and email address so we can send you future electronic newsletters. When you unsubscribe to our alert or newsletter, your details will be archived by Mailchimp. You can request us to delete details completely from the Mailchimp database by emailing

Collection of personal information

We may ask or require you to provide some personal information when you complete an online form (eg, the website submission form or when subscribing to news or updates).

Holding of information

When you provide personal information, unless otherwise indicated, it will be held by us. It may be stored or accessed on behalf of us by authorised third parties (such as third-party contractors) to the extent that is necessary, for example for them to administrate or work on the website.

Use of personal information

We will only use personal information provided to us through this website for the purpose you provided it (eg, to administer, evaluate and improve the website, to improve our services, or to action or respond to the information provided) and where permitted under the Privacy Act (eg, with your consent, for a directly related purpose, or where the law permits or requires it).

Disclosure of information

We will not share personal information that is provided or collected through this website, unless it is necessary to do so for the purpose for which you gave us the information (eg, to investigate a complaint) or where you consent. We will not otherwise disclose personal information provided or collected through this website unless required or otherwise permitted by law.

Records and retention of personal information

We will only retain personal information as long as it is required for the purposes for which the information may lawfully be used.

Public records

Where any information is provided (which may include personal information) to us, it will be retained to the extent required by the Public Records Act 2005.

We may also be required to disclose information under the Official Information Act 1982.


Our website has security measures in place to prevent the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control. To maintain the cyber security of our systems and information, our systems are subject to ongoing monitoring (including activity logging), analysis and auditing.

We may use information about your use of our website and other IT systems to prevent unauthorised access or attacks on these systems or to resolve such events. We may use this information even if you are not involved in such activity.

We may use services from one or more third party suppliers to monitor or maintain the cyber security of our systems and information. These third-party suppliers will have access to monitoring and logging information as well as information processed on our websites and other IT systems.

Rights of access and correction

You have the right to:

  • find out from us whether we hold personal information about you;
  • request access to that information; and,
  • request corrections of that information.

If we have a good reason for refusing a request for correction, you are entitled to request that a statement be attached to the information of the correction that was sought but not made.

If you want to check what personal information we hold about you, please email:

For more information on the privacy laws in New Zealand and contact details for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, visit the Privacy Commissioner’s website.

Collecting statistical information using cookies via Google Analytics

We may use statistics analysis packages to gather data about trends in website usage using  tools such as Google Analytics and WP Statistics. This data will be viewable by website administrators and certain other staff. This information is aggregated and it does not identify you personally.


Browser or ‘web’ cookies are small text files that are sent by a website and stored on your computer’s hard drive to collect information about how you browse the website.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again.

You can read Google’s privacy statement at the Google Safety Center.

You can manually disable cookies at any time. Check your browser’s ‘Help’ to find out how (disabling cookies will not affect your ability to use this website).

Data collected in the web server log files may include:

  • your IP address
  • the search terms you used on this website
  • the pages you accessed on this website and the links you clicked on
  • the date and time you visited this website
  • the referring site (if any) from which you clicked to reach this website
  • the device you used to access this website
  • your operating system (eg, Windows 10, Mac OS X)
  • the type of web browser you used to access this website (eg, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome)
  • other things such as your screen resolution and the language setting of your browser.