Terms of Use

Terms of Use - Hastings District Libraries Website



Except where otherwise specified, the information on this website is copyrighted by the Hastings District Council. All rights reserved. Externally-sourced content or material is copyright to the respective provider or owner.

If you wish to use text, images or other media from this website for non-profit purposes, please contact web.team@hdc.govt.nz - in most cases we are happy to assist.

Privacy Statement

The Privacy Act 1993 seeks to provide better protection for individual privacy in relation to the collection, use, access, correction and disclosure of personal information held by any public and private sector "agency" - this includes the Hastings District Council.

Personal information may be collected only for a lawful purpose connected with a function or activity of the Council and only if necessary for that purpose. Such information must, as a general rule, be collected directly from the individual concerned and that person must be told why the information is needed.

Enquiries about or formal requests for information in terms of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, or the Privacy Act 1993 should be made in writing to:

Hastings District Council
Private Bag 9002

The Privacy Act sets out 12 information privacy principles dealing with the collection, holding, use and disclosure of personal information, and the assigning of unique identifiers. The principles also give you a right to access information about yourself and to ask for it to be corrected.

The Privacy Act applies to the Hastings District Council in its role as an agency. In compliance with The Privacy Act, the Hastings District Council holds certain information about ratepayers and residents of the district. This information is required for lawful purposes used in the functioning of the Hastings District Council and this information is sourced in accordance with Principle 2 of The Privacy Act.

Google Analytics & Cookies

Hastings District Council uses Google Analytics to help us improve our web services. Google Analytics gathers certain information about how you interact with our website - it does not seek to identify you personally, and your data is merged anonymously with many other users before it is reported.

Both Google Analytics and www.hastingslibraries.co.nz use cookies when possible, to store anonymous information such as statistics and previously-used settings. Disabling cookies in your web browser software will not prevent you from accessing any information on our website, but for the best user experience we recommend you allow cookies from our site.

Information requests

You may make a request to the Council either orally or in writing, for access to personal information held by Hastings District Council. The Council must make a decision on your request and notify you of the decision as soon as practicable - and in any case not later than 20 working days after receiving your request. Hastings District Council may, in certain circumstances, extend the time limit by notice to you.

Find out more about your rights to official information on the Ministry of Justice website.


If you believe an agency may have breached the Privacy Act, or if you are not sure of your obligations as an agency, you can call the Privacy Commissioner's privacy hotline on 0800 803 909.


The Hastings District Council and Hastings Libraries have made every effort to provide current and accurate information on this website. The preparation and provision of this information has been made in good faith from sources believed to be reliable.

While all due care has been taken, the Hastings District Council does not warrant the accuracy of the information or invite any visitor to this website to act upon such information.

A number of external links have been included on pages for additional information. The Hastings District Council does not accept any responsibility for the content or operation of any external site which may be linked from this site.

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