NIWA Open Data Licence BY-NN-NC-SA version 1

Attribution-NoNavigation-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 1.0 (NODL BY-NN-NC-SA 1.0). You are encouraged to use and re-use the Information that is available under this licence, the NIWA Open Data Licence, freely and flexibly, with only a few conditions.

NIWA Open Data License

Attribution-NoNavigation-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 1.0 (NODL BY-NN-NC-SA 1.0)

You are encouraged to use and re-use the Information that is available under this licence, the NIWA Open Data Licence, freely and flexibly, with only a few conditions. 

Using information under this licence

Use of copyright and database right material expressly made available under this licence (the 'Information') indicates your acceptance of the terms and conditions below.

The Licensor grants you a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use the Information subject to the conditions below.

This licence does not affect your freedom under fair dealing or fair use or any other copyright or database right exceptions and limitations.

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  • Copy, publish, distribute and transmit the Information;
  • Adapt the Information.

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  • Acknowledge the source of the Information by including any attribution statement specified by the Information Provider(s) and, where possible, provide a link to this licence;

If the Information Provider does not provide a specific attribution statement, or if you are using Information from several Information Providers and multiple attributions are not practical in your product or application, you may consider using the following:

Contains information licensed under the NIWA Open Data Licence v1.0.

  • Not use the Information for any navigation purposes.
  • Not make commercial use of this Information.
  • Distribute, if you do, the Information under the same licence as this one.
  • Ensure that you do not use the Information in a way that suggests any official status or that the Information Provider endorses you or your use of the Information
  • Ensure that you do not mislead others or misrepresent the Information or its source
  • Ensure that your use of the Information does not breach the applicable New Zealand legislation.

These are important conditions of this licence and if you fail to comply with them the rights granted to you under this licence, or any similar licence granted by the Licensor, will end automatically.

For the purposes of determining compliance with the terms of this Licence, NIWA reserves the right to decide what constitutes a breach of licence conditions, including what constitutes misrepresentation.


This licence does not cover the use of:

  • Third party rights the Information Provider is not authorised to license;
  • Information subject to other intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, and design rights.

No warranty

The Information is licensed 'as is' and the Information Provider excludes all representations, warranties, obligations and liabilities in relation to the Information to the maximum extent permitted by law.

The Information Provider is not liable for any errors or omissions in the Information and shall not be liable for any loss, injury or damage of any kind caused by its use. The Information Provider does not guarantee the continued supply of the Information.

Governing Law

This licence is governed by and construed in accordance with the law of New Zealand and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of New Zealand.


In this licence, the terms below have the following meanings:

means information protected by copyright or by database right (for example, literary and artistic works, content, data and source code) offered for use under the terms of this licence.

'Information Provider'
means the person or organisation providing the Information under this licence.

means any Information Provider which has the authority to offer Information under the terms of this licence under the terms of this licence.

as a verb, means doing any act which is restricted by copyright or database right, whether in the original medium or in any other medium, and includes without limitation distributing, copying, adapting, modifying as may be technically necessary to use it in a different mode or format.

means the natural or legal person, or body of persons corporate or incorporate, acquiring rights under this licence.

About the NIWA Open Data Licence

NIWA has developed this licence as a tool to enable Information Providers to license the use and re-use of their Information under a common open licence. The Controller invites public sector bodies owning their own copyright and database rights to permit the use of their Information under this licence.

This is version 1.0 of the NIWA Open Data Licence. NIWA may, from time to time, issue new versions of the NIWA Open Data Licence. However, you may continue to use Information licensed under this version should you wish to do so.

These terms have been aligned to be interoperable with any Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which covers copyright, and Open Data Commons Attribution License, which covers database rights and applicable copyrights.

This license is based on the version 1.0 of the UK Open Government Licence. 

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