Copyright, Legal & Privacy

Copyright, Legal & Privacy

Information on copyright, content policies and privacy relating to the Education Counts website.

Copyright statement

This website and its contents including pages, documents, on-line graphics, audio and video are subject to copyright laws of New Zealand and, through international treaties, other countries. The copyright is owned by the Ministry of Education (New Zealand), unless indicated in the body of the document.

For material copyright to the Ministry of Education

"Crown copyright / Copyright. Copyright material on the Education Counts website is protected by copyright owned by Ministry of Education [on behalf of the Crown] or its licensors. Unless indicated otherwise for specific items or collections of content (either below or within specific items or collections), this copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. In essence, you are free to copy, distribute and adapt the material, as long as you attribute it to [name of agency/licensor] and abide by the other licence terms. Please note that this licence does not apply to any logos, emblems and trade marks on the website or to the website's design elements [or to any photography and imagery]. Those specific items may not be re-used without express permission."

For material with third party copyright

The permission to reproduce material on this site that is protected by Crown copyright does not extend to any material that is identified as being copyright to a third party. Permission to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders. This includes material on websites you access via links from this site.


This site contains information obtained from within the New Zealand Ministry of Education, and from sources commissioned by the ministry, and is subject to change without notice. The ministry endeavours to the best of its ability to ensure that the information is true, accurate and current. However, the ministry does not accept any liability for the accuracy or content of this information.

Links to third party websites

The Ministry of Education does not accept any liability for the accuracy or content of information on this website belonging to third parties, nor for the accuracy or content of any third-party website that you may access via a hyperlink from this site. Links to other websites from this one should not be taken as endorsement of those sites or of products offered on those sites. When visiting other websites, please refer to the conditions of use and copyright policies of those sites.

Links from other sites to this one

You are welcome to create a hyperlink to this site from another website. However, this link must not be presented on your site in any context that implies that this website has an association with your site, or endorses your site or product. The Education Counts logo may not be used on your site without the ministry's permission.

Privacy Statement

If you voluntarily provide personal information on this website (eg, through email feedback or online forms), we will keep that personal information secure and will not disclose it to any third party. We will only use that information to communicate with you in the way indicated.

If you want to check personal information that we hold, please write to:

The Privacy Officer
Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666

For more information on privacy, please visit the Privacy Commissioner's website.

Cookie Policy

Our goal is to provide information about education statistics and research in New Zealand as efficiently and usefully as possible.  We do not provide advertising through our website. We do not try to identify individual users.

We have endeavoured to make our site work as smoothly as possible without cookies.  And for users to be able to have as much functionality as possible without cookies.

Our cookie policy informs you about the use of cookies or similar storage technologies (hereinafter “cookies”) on this website.

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are stored by your browser on your device to save certain information or image files, such as pixels. The next time you visit our website on the same device, the information saved in the cookies will subsequently be transmitted either to our website or to another website to which the cookie belongs.

Through the information saved and returned, the respective website recognises that you have already accessed and visited it with the browser you use on that device.  We use this information to be able to design and display the website in an optimum way in line with your preferences.

In that respect, only the cookie itself is identified on your device. Beyond this extent, your personal data will only be saved upon your express consent or if it is strictly necessary to be able to use the service offered to and accessed by you accordingly.

Consent to the use of Cookies

Our web site content management system uses a temporary session cookie and we use Google Analytics, a digital analytics software when you visit our site.  These ‘core’ cookies are used even if you decline cookies in the Cookie Banner.

Other cookies, such as those used in our Tableau and Microsoft Power BI dashboard solutions are only used if you provide consent by selecting accept cookies in our Cookie Banner.

You can, of course, customise your cookie settings at any time by activating or deactivating individual cookies, even our core cookies.

Deactivation or deletion of all cookies

You can set your web browser in such a way that cookies are generally prevented from being saved to your device and/or that you are asked each time whether you are in agreement with cookies being enabled. You can also at any time delete cookies that have been enabled again. You can find out how all this works in detail via your browser’s help function.

Please note that generally deactivating cookies may lead to functional restrictions on our website.

Core cookies

SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION.  This is a session cookie used by Matrix, our content management system. This cookie is erased when the user closes their Web browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from the user’s computer.

Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics.

We use Google Tag Manager to deploy various types of tags to our website, specifically the Google Analytics tracking code

What Google Tag Manager is:

Google Tag Manager Privacy policy:

We use Google Analytics to capture and store web page tracking data, and to produce usage reports about our website, for example:

  • how many people visited our website yesterday?
  • what country are they from?
  • how many pages did they visit per session?
  • how many visitors bounced off our website (without performing any action)?
  • which pages were the most popular
  • etc.?

No effort is made to identify individual visitors

What Google Analytics is:

Goggle Analytics Privacy policy:

Unsolicited email

Publication of email addresses on this site should not be taken as deemed consent to receiving unsolicited email. Persons or organisations wishing to send email material to individuals or organisations whose email addresses appear on this website must comply with the requirements of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 (Department of Internal Affairs' website).

Site Alert

Information on what to do if you find unsuitable material on any websites linked from Education Counts.

Please email with information about any unsuitable material you have found on a website linked from Education Counts. Please include the website's title and address (URL) and any relevant details.

Education Counts carefully reviews each external website before linking to it. However, the Web is a dynamic environment and we have no control over the stability of external sites. We do therefore welcome your feedback about any material you find which you consider inappropriate.