This privacy notice applies to personal information collected on the Biosecurity New Zealand (a branch of the Ministry for Primary Industries) and the Department of Conservation's website:

We are committed to protecting the privacy and security of visitors to this website. You may browse and access most information contained within this website without providing any personal information. However, some pages are password-protected and require completion of an application form to access.

Collecting personal information

If you choose to use this website to provide your contact details to subscribe to updates, your personal information will be collected by a third party service provider, using its proprietary software, and acting on behalf of the Ministry. That third party service provider is Campaign Monitor Pty Ltd (ABN 42 094 533 445). Subscription to updates is optional and users can unsubscribe at any time. Campaign Monitor’s privacy statement can be viewed at

Where you provide personal information, we only use that information for the purpose(s) for which it was gathered, and provides it to any third parties that are specified in this privacy policy or at the point of collection. When you use the "Feedback" form on any of our pages, those enquiries are also stored and analysed for the purposes of improving this website.

The Ministry may also collect statistical information about your visit to help improve the site. This information is aggregated and doesn't identify you personally. It includes:

  • your IP address

  • the search terms you used

  • the pages you accessed on this website and the links you clicked on

  • the date and time you visited the website

  • the referring site (if any) through which you clicked through to this site

  • your operating system (e.g., Windows XP, Mac OS X)

  • the type of web browser you use (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox)

  • other things like your screen resolution and the language setting of your browser.


This site generates persistent session cookies for the purpose of monitoring site usage. The cookies don't collect personal information. You can disable them or clear them out of your web browser without affecting your ability to use the site.

Sharing your information

We do not give information about you to other government agencies, organisations or anyone else unless one of the following applies:

  • one of the reasons we obtained the information was to give it to someone else

  • you have consented

  • it is required or authorised by the Privacy Act 1993 or by any other law

  • it will prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to public health or safety or to somebody's life or health

  • the information is to be used in a way that will not identify you

  • it is to be used for statistical or research purposes and will not be published in a way that will identify you.

Access to your personal information we hold

You have the right to:

  • view any personal information we hold about you

  • request correction of that information.

To request personal information or if you have any concerns about the information that we hold about you, email

Make sure you include:

  • your name

  • your contact details

  • an outline of the information you're seeking.

We prefer email, but you can also send your request by post:

Chief Privacy Officer
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526