The Ministry of Justice has incorporated the New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing (NZGOAL) approach to its online and printed publications.


This copyright statement summarises how people and businesses outside of the Ministry of Justice can use information the ministry publishes on its website or printed material.

Principle of availability

The Ministry of Justice publishes information on the principle that we want people to use it. Generally speaking we don't want to apply limitations on how people use our information, except to acknowledge the source.


The SSC has encouraged the public sector to embrace Creative Commons licensing and have developed a policy to help departments apply the licensing scheme. This is called New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing (NZGOAL).

NZGOAL's purpose:

NZGOAL's purpose is two-fold:

  • enable people to re-use government material with confidence that they are legally entitled to do so; for their own purposes, whether economic, environmental, creative or cultural.
  • encourage experts and others to contribute to improved policy development and more efficient financial performance by government through being able to access, manipulate and provide feedback on such material.

Use of NZGOAL at the Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice uses the Creative Commons Attribution (BY) 4.0 international license(external link) as the default license to promote the greatest re-use of our copyright works.

Creative Commons License(external link)

This website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License(external link).

This license allows you to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

for any purpose, even commercially.

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the Ministry endorses you or your use or misleads others with the use of Ministry's information.

This license excludes all photography displayed on our site, the Coat of Arms and  any information copyright to a third party that is on our site or is linked to from our site.

No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.

The above information is from Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License(external link).

Please read the full information about the BY Attribution licence(external link).

The Ministry of Justice retains copyright of its material.

This does not give you permission to use the Ministry's logo in any way that breaches the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act 1981.

If you fail to comply with this Public License, then your rights under this Public License terminate automatically.

Examples of copyright and licensing statements to be used in print and digital channels

Print publication

Published by the Ministry of Justice
© Crown Copyright
Licensed from the Ministry of Justice for use under the creative commons attribution licence (BY) 4.0.

Digital channels

Published by the Ministry of Justice
© Crown Copyright
Licensed for use under the creative commons attribution licence (BY) 4.0

More information

For more information about NZGOAL and Creative Commons licensing: