All Terms & Conditions

Exclusion of Liability Disclaimer

Horizons Regional Council endeavours to provide useful and accurate information. Horizons Regional Council shall not, however, be liable whether in contract, tort, equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage of any type (including consequential losses) arising directly or indirectly from the inadequacy or any other deficiency in information supplied irrespective of the cause. Use of information supplied is entirely at the risk of the recipient and shall be deemed to be acceptance of this liability exclusion.

Website Terms & Conditions

  1. This website and the information provided in it are the copyright of Horizons Regional Council. This website is a public service and may be used for personal and business purposes. However, you are not permitted to copy or republish any substantial amount of the information from this website without the prior written consent of the aforementioned Council.
  2. Information on this website has been derived from various sources, including the aforementioned Council's databases.
  3. Whilst due care has been taken in providing this website, all information should be considered as being illustrative and indicative only. Your use of information from this website is entirely at your own risk.
  4. The aforementioned Council does not give and expressly disclaims any warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the information or its fitness for any purpose.
  5. The aforementioned Council accepts no liability for any error, omission, or inaccuracy of the information or from any use of or reliance on the information provided by this website.
  6. You should independently verify the accuracy of any information before taking any action in reliance upon it, i.e. the actual locations of any feature shown on a plan should be physically verified on site prior to any design, construction or other works taking place, property boundaries should be verified by a qualified surveyor.
  7. You waive and release the aforementioned Council from any claims arising from your use of this website or the information provided by it.
  8. You indemnify the aforementioned Council against all claims, loss or damages arising in connection with your use of this website or the information provided by it.
  9. Information from this web site may not be used for the purposes of any legal disputes.
  10. The terms and conditions for this website come under the governing law and jurisdiction applicable in New Zealand.

Social Media Guidelines

We respect everyone's right to express their thoughts and opinions and encourage constructive dialogue across the social media channels that we coordinate. However, we reserve the right, at our discretion, to hide or remove any content that violates our page guidelines or various platform policies. Repeat or serious offenders will be blocked. Please follow these guidelines:

  1. Remember that we are here to help. Our social media channels are coordinated and moderated by the communications team at Horizons. We are here to share information about Horizons and will do our best to respond to your queries, comments and (constructive) feedback.
  2. Keep your comments respectful and lawful. Do not post content that is threatening, abusive, offensive, indecent or hateful. These comments will be removed in accordance with the Harmful Digital Communications Act.
  3. Respect privacy. Don't post any personal information (neither your own nor anyone else's). Don’t post content that defames any person or organisation or violates intellectual property rights.
  4. Do not spam us. Don’t share third-party websites or promote yourself. Making the same point over and over either on the same or different posts is also considered spam. If this happens we will leave your first comment but hide the duplicates.
  5. Stay on topic. Keep all commentary relevant to Horizons Regional Council and our work. Only make comments that are relevant to the topic or theme of the post. If you disagree with our view on something and decide to make that point every time we post, your comments will be considered spam.
  6. Do not use any of our channels for local or general electioneering purposes. We will remove any commentary from any individual explicitly relating to their own - or someone else's - nomination, intention to run for Council, or election campaign.
  7. We will remove and not respond to climate change denial posts because the science is now accepted – this includes comments to other users on our posts.
  8. Hostile and/or racist content will be removed. Racism can take many forms, such as jokes or comments that cause offence or hurt; name-calling or verbal abuse; harassment or intimidation, or public commentary that inflames hostility towards certain groups.
Horizons Regional Council values its relationships with all communities in the region, including tangata whenua, and considers itself a willing and active Te Tiriti partner. We like to incorporate te reo Māori into our content. If you see a te reo word or phrase and don't know what it means, you can ask us or head to to find out.
Users will be blocked if they breach any of our community guidelines three times. We have the right to block users from our social media communities and follow a three-strike process. However, we will not tolerate anyone who uses our channels to spread malicious information or threatens this organisation, its employees or others. Any users who do will be blocked without warning.
Blocked users will still be able to read content when logged out but will not be able to comment.
If we block you from our social media channels and you think we’ve made a mistake, you can contact us at to seek an explanation.

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