Privacy Policy

Who we are

The New Zealand Hemp Industries Association, or NZHIA, is a a non-profit organisation who’s vision is to build a world-class boutique Hemp industry in New Zealand that’s loved by customers worldwide. We do this by facilitating the exchange of information between the iHemp industry and various stakeholders from Government to Industry and the R&D community.

Our members represent the entire industry, from seed growers and processors through to suppliers and retail. Together, they bring quality hemp products from seed to shelf in both New Zealand and export markets. For more information, please see our about page here:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website may be able to download and extract any location data from images on the website. You should also take care to avoid uploading any images that contain personally identifiable information that you don’t want visible to the public. (For example, consider blocking out vehicle registration license plates.)

Contact forms

When you submit a contact form on this website, the info you provide is securely stored on our database, as well as being emailed to the appropriate member of the admin team so we can process it and get back to you.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

We also use cookies related to the Google Analytics tracking that we use to monitor website visitor usage and source.

Most modern website browsers include the ability to decline, block or notify upon the receiving of website cookies, although this may interfere with your ability to login and properly use this website to it’s full potential. We would recommend setting your browser to ask you which cookies to accept when viewing a website, so that you can accept any cookies related to being logged in on the website, but block anything related to usage tracking if you’re wanting to avoid that.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Social Sharing Widgets

We embed a Facebook widget to allow you to see number of likes/shares/recommends and “like/share/recommend” our webpages. This widget may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the widget, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the widget (such as “liking/sharing/recommending” our webpage), if you are logged in to Facebook. For more information about how this data may be used, please see Facebook’s data privacy policy:

We use a Twitter Tweet widget at our website. As a result, our website makes requests to Twitter’s servers for you to be able to tweet our webpages using your Twitter account. These requests make your IP address visible to Twitter, who may use it in accordance with their data privacy policy:

We use a Linkedin Share widget at our website to allow you to share our webpages on Linkedin. These requests may track your IP address in accordance with their data privacy policy:

We use Pinterest Save widget at our website to allow you to pin images to Pinterest from our webpages. These requests may track your IP address in accordance with their data privacy policy:

We use Reddit Badge widget at our website which may log information when you interact with the widget. This may include your IP address, user-agent string, browser type, operating system, referral URLs, device information (e.g., device IDs), pages visited, links clicked, user interactions (e.g., voting data), the requested URL and hardware settings, in accordance with their privacy policy:


We use Google Analytics to keep track of how the visitors to this website interact with it so we can better determine how to improve the functionality of the website to better serve both our members and the users viewing the site. This includes the cookies that Google Analytics uses to monitor visitor traffic around our website.

Your payment details

Any payment information like credit card details that you enter on the website, are not stored or processed locally on the website, but securely handled live through our payment processors, either Stripe or PayPal. A coded key along with the last 4 digits of your credit card may be stored in our secure website database so we can track and identify which user account made the purchase, and so you can authorise any repeat payments in the future.

Who we share your data with

We only share your data with third parties who are directly involved in providing our services to you and if required to by law.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. When you fill out a contact form or make a purchase, your details (excluding payment info) are emailed from the website to our admin team for processing. We use a third-party emailing service called SendGrid to securely process all the automated emails sent from our website.

Your contact information

Your personal or contact information is securely retained on our system for the purposes of managing and providing our services to you.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Any of your data that is kept on our systems is stored in a secure database, transferred using secure SSL encryption technology, and is only accessible through password access by approved members of our admin, media and tech teams for the purposes of fulfilling the goals and objectives of the association and for providing our services to you.

What third parties we receive data from

We monitor our website usage through Google Analytics to determine how our visitors view and interact with the website, but this doesn’t include any individual personally identifiable info that could be linked to your individual usage of the website.

We review delivery statistics for the automated emails that are sent through the SendGrid email service so we can ensure you receive important messages and hopefully avoid them being automatically marked as spam/junk by your email provider. We’re able to see general statistics of how many emails are received and opened, but we can’t view that information for individual identifiable users, (although we can verify if individual emails were properly sent to individual users or not).

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