Terms of use

This website was created by the Ministry of Health to generate discussion on various issues related to the New Zealand health system. By using this website you agree to be bound by these terms of use.

The Ministry of Health moderates comments to this site to support an environment where all participants can contribute freely to constructive discussion and debate. Comments which do not contribute to this environment, or which do not comply with these terms of use may be edited, not posted, or deleted.

Anything you post on this site is subject to the Official Information Act 1982.

Attribution of views

Comments on this website are the views of the contributors and do not represent the views of the Ministry of Health or the New Zealand Government.

Protecting your privacy (and the privacy of others)

Please do not share any of your own or anyone else’s private information (like addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details) on this website. Any comments that contain private information will be removed.

If you comment on this website, you will be asked for a name and email address.

  • You don’t have to use your real name if you don’t want to.
  • Your email address will only be used if we need to contact you, and will not be published on the site.

You can find our privacy policy at Privacy. Our privacy policy forms part of these terms of use.

Your use of this website

You agree to act in accordance with the following rules while using this website:

  1. Be respectful of other users.
  2. Stay on topic – do not post comments that are unrelated to the specific topic.
  3. Do not use language or content that:
    • appears to be spam
    • is racist, sexist or discriminatory
    • contains insults or put downs
    • is likely to be offensive, inflammatory or provocative (including swearing and obscene or vulgar comments)
    • contains potentially harmful advice
    • is not accurate.
  4. Do not break the law or encourage others to do so (this includes defamation, breaching privacy, breaching another person’s intellectual property rights such as copyright, condoning illegal activity and contempt of court).
  5. Do not post personal information – addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details – relating either to you or other individuals.
  6. Do not impersonate or falsely claim to represent a person or an organisation.
  7. Do not make any commercial endorsement or promotion of any product, service or publication.

People under the age of 18 may use this website in accordance with these terms of use, however, the Ministry recommends that they discuss this use and their consent to these terms of use with their parent or guardian before doing so, particularly before posting a comment or providing other personal information.

Content moderation

Comments are checked to ensure they meet these terms of use before they are published on the site. This means there may be a delay before you see your comment on the site. You’ll get an email to let you know once your comment is published.

If a comment does not meet these terms of use, we may edit it before publication, not publish it, or delete it.

Use of your comments and information

By commenting on this website, you are granting the Ministry of Health permission to use the information you provide for the following purposes:

  1. publishing your comment on the website
  2. moderating website content
  3. notifying other website users of your comment (eg, by email)
  4. otherwise administering the website.  

In addition, you give permission for your comments, information and ideas to be used and taken into account as part of the process of analysing feedback on the topic you've commented on.

If we want to use your comment in another way not specified above, we’ll email you to ask permission.

Anything you post on this site is subject to the Official Information Act 1982, the Privacy Act 1993, the Public Records Act 2005, and other relevant legislation.

Intellectual property

All materials, software and images used on or to produce this website are owned by or licensed to the Ministry of Health.

You can find our copyright statement at Copyright. This copyright statement forms part of these terms of use, and sets out when you may reuse content from this website.


While every effort has been made to ensure the quality of the information provided through the website, the Ministry does not guarantee that the information is correct or up to date.

This website may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by the Ministry. The Ministry assumes no responsibility for the content or your use of any third party websites.

The Ministry will not be liable for any claims, damages, penalties or losses (either direct, consequential or inconsequential), including costs, which you may incur as a result of using this website.


You indemnify the Ministry against all claims, damages, penalties or losses (including costs) which we may incur as the result of your use of the website.

Changes to these terms of use

These terms of use and related policies may be changed from time to time so please ensure that you check these periodically for updates.

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