Information gathering for regulatory compliance, law enforcement and protective security purposes.

The Department of Conservation’s work includes managing a network of huts and tracks; managing historic properties; science and research; pest control; and compliance and law enforcement.  For more information on compliance and law enforcement, refer to our Compliance and law enforcement page.

This transparency statement explains how we collect, use and share information for the purpose of detecting or investigating potential:

  • criminal offending (e.g. illegal harvest, wildlife smuggling, poaching, assault or vandalism)
  • regulatory non-compliance (e.g. not meeting the requirements of a permit or certificate)
  • threats to the physical security of staff; or the security of information, places or operations (e.g. unauthorised entry, interference with DOC equipment or operations).

We collect, use and share information appropriately, and meet our obligations under the:

This statement applies to information gathered by us, our contractors, or any other third parties engaged by us.

Collecting, using and sharing information

We collect information from a variety of sources including:

  • directly from people
  • other agencies and entities
  • publicly available sources, including online sources
  • technical devices, including CCTV, for the purposes of biodiversity protection, conservation management and maintenance of the law.

We will use the information we hold to:

  • decide whether to investigate a complaint or a threat
  • investigate non-compliance or prosecute a criminal offence
  • undertake protective security and risk assessment activities
  • support other state sector agencies’ activities.

We may also use your information to improve our services. We do this by:

  • analysing general patterns and trends
  • analysing visitor numbers, activities and how DOC assets are used.

We may share information with NZ Police and other government agencies in order to properly carry out our functions or if required by law. For example:

  • to assist with the investigation of a criminal offence
  • to ensure the health and safety of our staff, partners, contractors and volunteers.

Information is shared lawfully under legislation and information-sharing agreements.

Respecting and protecting information

We are committed to respecting information and keeping it safe. We have systems, policies and governance in place to control how we collect, manage and use information.

Information is stored and disposed of in accordance with our Privacy Policy and Information Security Policy, and in compliance with the Privacy Act 1993 and the Public Records Act 2005.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us by email.


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