Terms of Use

The following terms apply to the entire contents of the QuakeStories website and to any web feeds produced by the website. By viewing and using the website, you will be deemed to agree to these terms. We may revise these terms at any time. Revisions will take effect once notified through a notice at the end of these terms of use detailing the change.


Unless otherwise indicated, all material on this website other than material contributed by users is subject to Crown copyright protection administered through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. New Zealand and international copyright laws protect third party material on this site.

Text and images on this site are available for re-use and are licensed under the New Zealand Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. You may reproduce materials on this website for non-commercial use, either in part or in full, with suitable acknowledgement.

Commercial re-use may be possible. Please contact the Ministry for Culture and Heritage by email: info@quakestories.govt.nz, tel: +64 4 499 4229, fax: +64 4 499 4490, or post PO Box 5364, Wellington, New Zealand.


Copyright in your contribution (including text, images, audio and video) submitted to the site by you or a third party on your behalf will remain with you. This permission is not exclusive, so you can continue to use the material in any way including allowing others to use it.

Contributions are moderated after publication. They should be on-topic and not abusive. They may be edited for minor spelling errors.

Contributions that are reported as inappropriate may be removed after publication. Where this happens the contributor will be contacted explaining the reasons behind the decision to remove content.

Privacy statement

You may browse and access information contained within this website without providing any personal information. Where you voluntarily provide personal information (e.g. through contributions, email feedback or online forms), unless otherwise stated we will only use that information to communicate with you. We will keep any such information secure and will not disclose it to any third parties without your prior consent. Browser cookies are used by this website to monitor site usage and improve the service offered to site visitors. You may manually disable cookies at any time - check your browser's "Help". This will not affect your ability to view the site.


Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service, whether by trade name, trademark, manufacture, or otherwise, does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the New Zealand government or the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Each page on this website must be read in conjunction with this disclaimer and any other disclaimer that forms part of it.

Materials posted by users do not necessarily reflect the views of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage or NV Interactive. By posting materials on this site, you represent that you have all necessary rights in and to such materials and that such materials will not infringe any personal or proprietary rights of any third parties, nor will such materials be defamatory, unlawful, threatening, obscene or otherwise objectionable.

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to review, edit or delete any material posted by users. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability for any material communicated by third parties through this website.

Complaints procedure

If you wish to make a complaint about this website please contact the Ministry for Culture and Heritage by email: info@quakestories.govt.nz, tel: +64 4 499 4229, fax: +64 4 499 4490, or post PO Box 5364, Wellington, New Zealand.