This website is owned and operated by the NZ Human Rights Commission.  

1. Accepting our terms and conditions 

By submitting your story on our website or ticking the box next to the words “I agree to the Terms of Service” on our website, you signify that you accept these Terms of Service and agree to be bound by them. 

2. Submitting a story 

The NZ Human Rights Commission does not necessarily endorse the stories submitted on this site. Every story that is submitted will help us to understand and address racial intolerance and prejudice but not all stories submitted will be published on the website.   

If we choose to share a story we will be in touch with the person directly to confirm permission and any changes that are made.  

 The Commission reserves the right to edit the stories for clarity and add supplementary text to add context to a story, Supplementary text will accredited to the Commission.  

All content submitted to this site will be preserved by the Commission in perpetuity. 

You warrant that all text, images and other content you submit for potential posting on our website (Your Content) is your original work and/or to the extent that Your Content includes any text, images or other content owned by a third party, you warrant that you are licensed to use and reproduce such content on our website.  

It is your sole responsibility to ensure that Your Content is based on reliable factual information and that all claims made can be fully substantiated. You agree to provide further clarification to the The NZ Human Rights Commission to support Your Content if the Commission raises concerns about its accuracy.  

You understand and agree that the Commission may, at its discretion and without notice, remove your story from our website after it has been uploaded or any of Your Content which we believe violates these Terms of Service or which is or may be false, misleading, offensive, illegal, defamatory, or infringe the rights, or threaten the safety, of others. 

By submitting and posting your content on our website, you give the NZ Human Rights Commission, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to use, modify, reproduce, publish, broadcast, communicate, display and distribute Your Content in any format, using any medium, for the purpose of promotion. 

To submit a story and for be it be published on the site a person must provide their full name and email address. If they wish for their story to be anonymous this should be indicated in the text of the story as to alert the website administrator. 

Our website is available for your personal and non-commercial use only.

You must use our website in accordance with these Terms of Service only for lawful purposes and in a way which does not infringe the rights of anyone or restrict or inhibit anyone's use of our website. 

3. General Terms  

Our website may contain links to third party sites and resources. We have no control over those sites, and will not be liable for any loss or damage you suffer or incur when you use a third-party site or resource.  

If you have a complaint about any content posted on this website you should notify us at infoline@hrc.co.nz. Once your complaint is received, we will act on the complaint to the within 72 hours of receiving your complaint.  

Our website is nonpartisan and cannot be used by or on behalf of political parties. 

You use our website at your sole risk. We provide our website on an “as is” basis. We do not represent or warrant that the operation of our website will be secure, confidential, uninterrupted, error-free, accurate, complete or current.  

Except where we are unable to exclude our liability by law, we will not be liable to you for any loss or damage, however it arises, whether in contract, statute of tort (including negligence), arising out of, or in connection with, your use of (including inability to use) our website.  

We exclude liability for any loss of profit, loss or corruption of data, special, exemplary, punitive, incidental, indirect or consequential loss or damages suffered or incurred or arising in connection with our website, or in connection with any act or omission by us (negligent or otherwise).   

You indemnify us against all liability, action, claim, loss or damage arising out of, or in connection with, Your Content, your use of (or inability to use) our website, any breach of our Terms of Service, and your conduct with respect to our website and other users of our website. 

We reserve the right to change any or all of these terms and conditions, and/or add new terms and conditions at any time. When we do so, we will make a new copy of these Terms of Service available on our website. Your continued use of our website will be deemed to constitute your acceptance of such changes. 

These Terms of Service set out the entire agreement between you and us relating to your use of our website and supersedes all prior discussions and communications. There is no relationship of employment, partnership, agency or fiduciaries between you and us.   

This agreement is governed by and construed under the New Zealand law. This agreement is subject to the laws of New Zealand. The New Zealand courts will have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any disputes relating to or arising out of this site which can not be solved amicably or through mediation.