Copyright

A guide to using content from this website

The Parliament website hosts content from a variety of different sources. This is a guide to what content you can re-use, and the terms that apply to re-using content.

This website is maintained by the two organisations that support Parliament – the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives and Parliamentary Service. Copyright material on parliament.nz is protected by copyright owned by the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Parliamentary Corporation, and in some cases third parties.

We encourage you to make use of the content on Parliament’s website. To do this, we license content that we own the copyright to under the most open Creative Commons licence available. This licence is called Creative Commons Attribution, also known as CC-BY. The terms of this licence are set out below.

Please note that all use of parliamentary content is subject to some important principles. See the section titled “Misuse of parliamentary content” below for more details.

 

What you are free to do with licensed content

In essence, when using content made available under CC-BY you are free to:

  • Share the content. You can copy and redistribute the content in any medium or format.
  • Adapt the content. You can remix, transform, and build upon the content.

You are free to share and adapt for any purpose, even commercially.

For more information and the full legal text of the licence, see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

 

How to attribute content you re-use

When you re-use content under the CC-BY licence, you must do three things: give appropriate credit to the copyright holder, provide a link to the CC-BY licence, and indicate if you made changes to the original content.

If you publish or circulate licensed content to the public without adapting it, use the following attribution:

  • Source: Office of the Clerk/Parliamentary Service. Licensed by the Clerk of the House of Representatives and/or the Parliamentary Corporation on behalf of Parliamentary Service for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. Full licence available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

If you adapt content in any way and publish or circulate the adaptation to the public, use the following attribution (tailored as needed): 

  • This work is [based on/includes part of] Office of the Clerk/Parliamentary Services’ [insert name of content] which is licensed by the Clerk of the House of Representatives and/or the Parliamentary Corporation on behalf of Parliamentary Service for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. Full licence available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

 

Content not covered by the Creative Commons licence

Public domain content

Some content is not covered by copyright. You are free to re-use this kind of content without a licence. This includes:

- Government bills
- Parliamentary debates (Hansard)
- Reports of select committees

 

Third party copyright 

We can only license you to re-use content that we own the copyright to.

We do not own the copyright to all the material on this website. Sometimes it is owned by a third party, such as an individual or a different organisation.

There are some important categories of content that are not licensed by this general copyright statement. These include:

- Political parties’ content
- Current and former MPs’ pages
- Submissions to select committees
- Most parliamentary papers (such as annual reports)
- Most advice to select committees


Please remember that it is your responsibility to make sure you have permission to re-use others’ content.If you would like to re-use third party content, you should contact the copyright holder to request permission.

As a general rule of thumb, if the content was not created by the Office of the Clerk or Parliamentary Service, we cannot license you to re-use it.

If you are unsure who owns the copyright, or would like help contacting the copyright holder, feel free to contact us at parliament.website@parliament.govt.nz.

 

Exceptions

Some content owned by Office of the Clerk or Parliamentary Service cannot be licensed under this statement because of special circumstances. Content related to Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand and video footage from Parliament TV are not licensed for re-use under the CC-BY licence. Please see the terms and conditions that apply to re-using Parliament TV content.

 

Official flags, emblems, and names

There are rules in the law about how you can use official flags, emblems, and names. For example, use of official emblems should not lead people to believe that your work is approved by the Government. Please take care when reusing content from this website. Official flags, emblems, and names are not covered by the Creative Commons licence.

For more information, see the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981.

 

Misuse of parliamentary content

When using parliamentary content from this website, please note that none of the provisions of this general copyright statement restrict the House of Representatives’ right to investigate and address contempts of the House.

In essence, contempts of the House are actions or omissions that, in the House’s view, may make it harder for it or its members to perform their functions. This can include, for example, publishing misleading accounts of parliamentary proceedings, or obstructing a witness from giving evidence to a parliamentary select committee.

For more information on contempts of the House, please see the fact sheet on parliamentary privilege, or contact us at parlinfo@parliament.govt.nz.