Terms of use

We welcome you to this website and encourage you to use Matapihi. By using this website you agree to be legally bound by these terms of use which take effect immediately on your first use of the website. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all these terms, please do not access or use this website.

The Matapihi website is run by the National Library of New Zealand (“the National Library”) in collaboration with other partners. The National Library may change this website, the online services (“the Service”) provided through it or the terms of use at any time.

Changes to these terms of use will be posted online. You are responsible for reviewing the amended terms of use, and your continued use of this website constitutes your agreement to the amended terms of use.

Acceptable use

You agree not to use the Service in any way that is unlawful, or harms the National Library, its service providers, its suppliers, your end users, or any other person.

The National Library may unilaterally suspend your access to this website, the Matapihi content and/or the National Library trade marks if and when the National Library determines that your use breaches the terms of use or is otherwise unacceptable.

Content disclaimer

This website contains content that was not produced by the National Library. The National Library is not responsible for such third-party content, and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in it. The Library accepts no liability or responsibility for the manner in which the information on this website is interpreted or used, or the results of such use.

External links from this website

This website includes hypertext links to the websites of other people and organisations. Linking should not be taken as endorsement of any kind by the National Library of those other people and organisations.

The National Library is not responsible for the content of external internet sites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Contact the external site owner for answers to questions regarding their content.

Copyright in content on this website

Unless stated otherwise:
(a) the material on this website is subject to copyright protection;
(b) all items are protected by third-party copyright or other usage restrictions.

Third-party copyright material

The copyright in much of the Content on this website is owned by third parties. If you want to copy (including download), adapt, publish or otherwise distribute any of this Content, you are responsible for determining and clearing copyright, obtaining permissions and meeting any other requirements.

Linking to this website

You are welcome to link to pages on this website. Links should not state or imply that the material is the copyright of anyone other than the National Library or the relevant copyright holder. Linking to this website from any other website or organisation is not an endorsement of any kind by the National Library.


We will safeguard your personal information (information that identifies you as a natural person) and respect your rights under the Privacy Act 1993.

If you send us personal information we will only use this personal information for the purpose for which it was provided or for a purpose required or permitted by the Privacy Act 1993 or otherwise required or permitted by law.

We will keep any personal information you provide to us secure and will not disclose it to any other parties without your prior consent or as required or permitted by the Privacy Act 1993 or otherwise required or permitted by law.

To access or correct any of your personal information that we hold, or if you have any concerns about personal information that we hold, please contact us. You can email us with your privacy questions: info@matapihi.org.nz

Tracking of website usage

If you visit this website to read or download information or perform tasks, we collect and store statistical information about the visit.

This information, for example,  includes the server address, top-level domain name, date and time of the visit, pages accessed and documents downloaded, previous site visited, and type of browser used. Site statistics allow us to assess the number of visitors to the different sections of our website, identify what information is of interest, monitor system performance, and help us make our site more useful to visitors. Anonymous site statistics may be shared publicly.


Cookies are small files that are sent by a website and stored on your computer's hard-drive. This application may use cookies to store session management information, or, for example,  to remember if you have previously completed a customer survey (or declined to do so) so that we do not keep asking you. Cookies do not contain personal data and expire upon termination of the session or after a set period of time.

Security and damage

You are responsible for any damage you cause to this website or to any of the National Library’s other websites, electronic facilities or data.

We provide security to protect this website and our online services. You are responsible for ensuring that your own computer is secure, including taking all reasonable steps to:

  • prevent someone misusing or getting unauthorised access to your computer system or to this website or our online services, and
  • ensure your computer system and data are free of computer viruses and all other forms of corruption.


The National Library makes no warranty, express or implied, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility:

  • that this website or the National Library’s servers are free of computer viruses or any other harmful components, defects or errors
  • that any defects in this website will be corrected
  • that your access to this website will be reliable, uninterrupted or error-free (including access to any linked applications, search widgets and other tools)
  • for any delays, inaccuracies, failures, errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, computer viruses or communication line failures, or
  • for any theft, destruction, damage or unauthorised access to your computer system or network.

Users of this website assume all risks associated with any transfer of data or information to the National Library, and with any other use of this website. We are not liable for any damage arising from interception, loss, theft, other action or difficulty in transmitting information to us.

You agree that the National Library shall not under any circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary loss or damages whatsoever resulting from or arising in relation to the Content, this website or the online services of the National Library or the use of them.

Governing law

This website and these terms and conditions are governed by the laws of New Zealand and the courts of New Zealand have non-exclusive jurisdiction in relation to them.

These terms and conditions are without prejudice to the powers, rights and duties of the National Library under the National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003.