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Privacy Statement

The Catholic Enquiry Centre (NZ) manages the Catholic Discovery online platform so that it complies with the New Zealand Privacy Act 2020 (the Act) when dealing with personal information.

Personal information is information about an individual that is an actual person.

This policy does not limit or exclude any of your rights under the Act. If you wish to seek further information on the Act, see

Who do we collect your personal information from?

We collect personal information about you from:

You, when you provide that personal information to us:

This includes information you may provide via our website or on our other digital which includes social media channels. Through our card based registration processes or when you contact us on email, telephone or in person.

We occasionally may receive details from another Agency of the Catholic Church, here in New Zealand. We will disclose the source of information when we contact you.

However in the vast majority of cases, we only collect personal information from you directly.

How we use your personal information

We will use your personal information

  • to verify your identity
  • to provide services and products to you
  • to send you booklets and other resources (if you requested this)
  • to include you on our newsletter mailing list (if you requested this)
  • to respond to communications from you
  • to conduct research and statistical analysis (on an anonymised basis)
  • for any other purpose authorised by you or the Act
  • to provide tax receipts for your donations.

We may use technology solutions that are provided online by business that are located outside New Zealand. This may mean your personal information is held and processed outside New Zealand, for example, cloud storage.

Protecting your personal information

We will take reasonable steps to keep your personal information safe from loss, unauthorised activity, or other misuse.

Accessing and correcting your personal information

Subject to certain grounds for refusal set out in the Act, you have the right to access your own retrievable personal information that we hold and to request a correction to your personal information.

Before you exercise this right, we will need proof to confirm that you are the individual to whom the personal information relates.

In respect of a request for correction, if we think the correction is reasonable and we are reasonably able to change the personal information, we will make the correction. If we do not make the correction, we will take reasonable steps to note on the personal information that you requested the correction.

If you want to exercise either of the above rights, email us at [email protected]

Your email should provide evidence of who you are and set out the details of your request (e.g. the personal information, or the correction, that you are requesting).

If circumstances require, we may charge you costs with providing to you copies of your personal information or with correcting that information.

Opt out

You may wish to opt out of our services (for example newsletter) and can easily do so by contacting us at [email protected] or phone (04) 385 8518.

Third party disclosure

We will keep your personal information secure by restricting access to it. Where your data is passed to other agencies (consistent with the purpose for which you provide the data) we will inform those agencies of the requirement to protect personal information. Where your data is used internally, we will ensure it is accessed only by those staff who legitimately need access to it.

Internet use

While we take reasonable steps to maintain secure internet connections, if you provide us with personal information over the internet, the provision of that information is at your own risk.

  • If you follow a link on our website to another site, the owner of that site will have its own privacy policy relating to your personal information. We suggest you review that site’s privacy policy before you provide personal information
  • We use cookies (an alphanumeric identifier that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive so that we can recognise your browser) to monitor your use of the website. You may disable cookies by changing the settings on your browser, although this may mean that you will not be able to use some of the features of our website.


We will not keep information for longer than is necessary. Our general policy is that once your information becomes dormant, that is we are no longer actively engaging together, it will be deleted in a period of no less than two years and no more than five years.