Privacy & Security


You may browse and access most information contained within this website without providing any personal information. Some pages are password protected and require completion of an application form to access.

Where you provide personal information (for example, through completing online forms), we only use that information for the purpose that you gave it to us for. When you use the "Contact for Enquiries" form, those enquires are also stored and analysed for the purposes of site design and enhancing our Frequently Asked Questions page. This information will be kept secure by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and will not be disclosed to any third parties. 

Each time a visitor comes to our website, we also collect basic technical information such as the visitor's domain name, referral data, and browser type. This information is compiled for management reporting purposes and to help us develop our website. This information will also be kept secure by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and will not be disclosed to any third parties.

To view any personal information held by us, or if you have any concerns about personal information that we hold, please write to:

The Privacy Officer
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
PO Box 2526


Browser cookies are used by this website to provide the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with information about site usage and improve the service offered to site visitors. Cookies are small files which are sent by a website and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies from our site collect anonymous traffic data and are not used to gather or allow the gathering of any personally identifiable information and are not used to track individual user activity around this site.

The data is collected and aggregated prior to use by the Ministry by Google Analytics, a search engine company. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your computer's internet address or IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google outside of New Zealand. The tracking data is stored in a database managed by Google, and the tracking data is then used by Google to compile statistical reports on website activity for the Ministry to evaluate site use. Further details of Googles privacy policy are available in their privacy statement (offsite link to You may manually disable cookies at any time – check your browser's "Help". This will not affect your ability to view the site.

Subscribing to a service or newsletter

If you subscribe to a service or newsletter through this website, we record your email address in a database. We use your email address to send you the service or newsletter. We will not disclose your email address to any third parties without your consent.


You should be aware that it is unlawful to intentionally cause damage to this website or to any electronic facility or data of MAF Biosecurity New Zealand through the knowing transmission of any program, information, code or command.

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 our online services, and
  • ensure your computer system and data are free of computer viruses and all other forms of corruption.

Page last updated: 23 July 2008