Terms & Conditions


Terms of Use

These are the Terms of Use (Terms) of the National Vegetation Survey Databank (NVS) website and its content, which are provided by Landcare Research New Zealand Limited.


Terms of Use of the Content

Landcare Research has compiled the metadata, datasets, maps and other information available on this site from data derived from numerous sources within Landcare Research, the Department of Conservation and other registered providers (the Owners). Landcare Research does not warrant that the information is complete, correct or up to date and does not accept responsibility for any actions taken in reliance on it or consequences arising from the use of it.

Vegetation data provided by this website may be owned by a third party. As such all users of data content, including location information, vegetation measures, and any information products produced or derived from these sources and provided by this site, must comply with the NVS Data Use Protocol and any other restrictions placed on use by the third-party owner.

Links from these pages may have separate terms and conditions and it is your responsibility to be aware of and comply with them.



The National Vegetation Survey Databank website and all content provided within is available for use on an 'as is' and 'as available' basis and without any warranty of any kind, either express or implied.


No Warranty

Except as required by law, Landcare Research does not warrant the performance or results you may obtain by using the NVS website. No warranties, express or implied, are given as to non-infringement of third-party rights, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose.


Limit of Liability

Subject to any liability which may not be excluded or limited by law, Landcare Research shall not be liable on any legal basis (including, without limitation, negligence) and hereby expressly excludes all liability for loss or damage howsoever and whenever caused.


Terms of Use of the Website

The National Vegetation Survey Databank (NVS) website is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part except under licence from Landcare Research.

By using this site you agree, and are deemed, to be bound by the following Terms. If you choose not to be bound by the following Terms, then, Landcare Research does not grant you the right to use this site.

You acknowledge that Landcare Research acts as the provider of this website and distributor of data and related information.

You agree that you will not attempt to alter this site or employ any robot, spider, or other device or process or means whatever to use this site for any unauthorised purposes. You agree not to:

  • make excessive traffic demands;
  • deliver viruses or forward any other system that is of a destructive nature or capable of so being whether alone or in combination;
  • otherwise engage in any other behaviour that may be reasonably expected to inhibit other users from using and enjoying the site; or
  • damage or destroy the reputation of Landcare Research.

Landcare Research accepts no obligation to monitor the use of this site. However, Landcare Research reserves the right to disclose any information as required by law, to block access to you, your agents, associates or your company and take such other action as may be reasonably necessary to prevent any breach of these Terms or any applicable laws. Landcare Research will in its absolute discretion fully co-operate with the relevant authorities with respect to any investigation of suspected unlawful activity or violation of the website's security.

Landcare Research does not warrant that the National Vegetation Survey databank (NVS) website or the Internet generally will be uninterruptible or error free or that any information, software or other material accessible from this site is free of viruses or other harmful components.

Landcare Research is not responsible for any information contained on sites that this website provides links to nor any third-party content that can be accessed through this website. The inclusion of any link to a website is not an endorsement of the linked site.

You acknowledge that Landcare Research may suspend the operation of the National Vegetation Survey Databank (NVS) website for repair or maintenance work or in order to the contents or functionality of the website.

Landcare Research reserves the right to modify or terminate the National Vegetation Survey Databank (NVS) website for any reason without notice at any time.


Enquiries or Complaints

If you have any enquiries or complaints about the information or services provided by this website then please send us your feedback or visit our support pages for further information on how to contact us.

We will only record your email address if you send us a message. Your email address, if supplied to us, will only be used for the purpose for which you provided it. We will not use your email address for any other purpose, and will not disclose it, without your consent.

These terms were last reviewed on 28 Feb 2015


The following provides details about Landcare Research's Privacy Policy ('Policy') in the context of the NVS web site.

Landcare Research has a legal obligation to comply with the Privacy Act 1993. Under the Act, organisations that are in possession of an individual's 'personal information’ must observe certain restrictions and standards concerning the collection, use, disclosure and security of that information.


We may collect certain personal information from you in the course of providing this service to you. By using our web site, you consent to the collection and use of the information as described here.


Landcare Research may change, or modify this Policy from time to time and will notify you of these changes on this website. Any such change, or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on the web site. We advise you to check this Policy on a regular basis and your continued use of this web site represents your agreement to be bound by the new terms of the revised Policy.

What identifiable information is collected?

Contact information such as your email address, postal address, name, username, and organisation is gathered directly from you when you register. When you submit requests for NVS data we will keep a record of the details of that request and any correspondence that may arise during the processing of the request. If we decide to collect information from elsewhere on the site, we will include a link to this Privacy Policy on that page.

Landcare Research may also collect information about its customers through their use of the services on this web site, which may include information relating to their use of the web site and the content they access.

How is the information used?

Our primary goal in collecting this information is to allow dataset requests to be processed, approved and subsequently sent out, and to help improve our web site and provide a better information resource for users. Specifically, for data requests your name, email and physical address will be provided only to data request approvers to aid their acceptance of your data use request. 

You agree that we may use your personal information to assist us to provide these services to you, for internal research purposes, to verify your identity, for promoting and marketing other Landcare Research NVS data products to you, and for any other use you authorise.

If any user web site statistics are collected, identifying features will be removed before this information is compiled and analysed on an aggregated basis.

Who is collecting information?

This information is only collected by NVS as part of providing a service to you. If the data is to be collected and/or maintained by anyone else, you will be notified prior to the time of the data collection or transfer. If you do not want your data to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer, but this may reduce the service that NVS can provide. Your login details may also be used to provide access to other Landcare Research web resources. You will be asked at the time of registering for any additional services whether your contact details may be shared. At no time will personal details be shared beyond these services or beyond Landcare Research without your consent.

Please be aware that the information practices of websites that may be linked to the NVS web site or are provided as links by the NVS web site are not covered by this privacy statement. Landcare Research is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these web sites. We suggest that you review the privacy policy of each site you visit.

With whom will the information be shared?

You acknowledge that Landcare Research will only release your account and other personal information when we believe release is required to:

  1. Comply with the law;
  2. Comply with Court proceedings;
  3. Enforce our Terms of Use;
  4. Enforce compliance with a specific Data Agreement;
  5. Protect the rights, property or safety of Landcare Research, our staff and our users.

We will not sell or allow third parties to access your personal information without your consent.

How can you edit your information?

You may correct or otherwise amend your information online through the NVS website. Alternatively please visit our support pages for further information on how to contact us directly about updating such information.

Upon request, your information can be deactivated but doing so will result in your not being able to access past or future dataset requests. You will still be able to search and view NVS datasets.

What security precautions are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information?

Access to your contact details is password-protected so that only you, the NVS curator, and the web site administrator will have access to the information.

We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. We will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited email.

Privacy Complaints

You should first direct any complaint of an alleged breach of the Privacy Act to our Privacy Officer. The contact details are as follows:


Kylie Hansen
Privacy Officer
Landcare Research
P.O. Box 69040
Lincoln 7640
New Zealand  



Please visit our support pages if you need further help or guidance.


This privacy policy was last reviewed on 31 May 2021

Permission required

Datasets require the permission of the owner before they can be downloaded.

Open access

Datasets can be downloaded by any logged in user.

Please provide information on how you are planning to use these data, in particular the potential significance of your project. This helps us report on the value of NVS data and allows us to ensure you have received the data most suited to your purpose.

Vernacular Names


Additional Information (Source National Vegetation Survey Databank)
Bio Status
Growth Form
Threatened Status