New Zealand Archeological Association

Terms and conditions

Conditions of use

The ASRS is a research database that is managed by the New Zealand Archaeological Association on behalf of, and for the benefit of NZAA members. Commercial users of archaeological information (e.g. for resource management purposes) and the public of New Zealand may access this archaeological information through ArchSite at the discretion of the New Zealand Archaeological Association. 

  1. The database is to be used for bona fide informational purposes or research, and resource management purposes only. All archaeological sites are protected from unauthorised damage, modification or destruction under the Historic Places Act and their contents may be protected under the Protected Objects Act 1975. Any interference with an archaeological site is an offence punishable by a fine of up to $100,000.
  2. The Association does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information represented by the GIS data. To the extent permitted by law, the Association, its officers, employees, agents and contractors will not be liable for any costs, damages or loss whatsoever suffered by the user or any third person caused directly or indirectly by any error in the information represented by the GIS data or in the incorrect use of the information by the user. 
  3. The spatial data is a representation of the approximate location of the items that may be situated on or under the land shown. The information has generally been compiled from data supplied to the Association by its members and must only be used as a guide. These data represent opinions of individual contributors and may be incomplete, incorrect, or obsolete.
  4. To ascertain the exact location of any item, the Association advises that the user arrange on site verification by a qualified archaeologist. The data should not be used to identify the exact location and extent of archaeological sites shown.
  5. Association members who are competent avocational or professional archaeologists who retrieve data from the ASRS are also expected to contribute appropriate data, as per the aims and function of the original Site Recording Scheme; The Association maintains the ASRS for the benefit of all archaeologists as a record of all known archaeological sites in New Zealand in accordance with the aims of the original Site Recording Scheme.
  6. Archaeological site location data are available to all users via the free interactive archaeological site map.
  7. Summary reports for research purposes only are available to all Association members who apply for access, at no charge.
  8. Summary reports and feature streaming for commercial purposes are available to consultants, local authorities, institutions and government departments, according to the rates specified.
  9. Full editable archaeological site data (new digital site records, scanned paper site records, notes and photographs) for commercial purposes are available to NZAA members who are consultant archaeologists, according to the rates specified.
  10. The Association and the ASRS should be acknowledged appropriately in all publications, reports and presentations that use data extracted from the ASRS. The following acknowledgement format is recommended: "We acknowledge use of information contained in the New Zealand Archaeological Association Archaeological Site Recording Scheme".
  11. This disclaimer extends to liability of any kind whatsoever including but not limited to the implied warrants of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. To the maximum extent permitted by law, you specifically agree to indemnify and hold the Association harmless from any and all claims relating to your use of the ASRS or use of them by any person on your behalf.
  12. Use of the ASRS may be subject to interruption or delay. Due to the nature of the internet, the Association does not make any warranty that the website, interactive map or information made available via it, will be error free, without interruption or delay or free from defects in design or engineering.
  13. The Association may immediately terminate this agreement without liability if it reasonably believes you are in breach of these terms of use or wishes to withdraw the ASRS service.


The ArchSite website, the Archaeological Site Recording Scheme database and all its contents is owned by the NZAA and is subject to copyright. The NZAA holds copyright and/or exclusive license to all NZAA Site Record Forms (original hard copy and digitised) and digital archaeological site records. ArchSite visitors using the free interactive archaeological site map may reproduce, store and use the content of the interactive map display for personal, informational and non-commercial purposes only. Website visitors who are registered for member and/or commercial access are subject to the terms and conditions of their particular access type.

In all cases, the material must be reproduced accurately and not be used in a misleading context. Where the material is being published or issued to others, the source of the material and its copyright status must be acknowledged.

Except as stated in the above paragraph, no portion of the content of the ArchSite, or the ArchSite logo, may be copied or used without the written permission of the Association.

Website use

Website visitors are not allowed to do anything which alters ArchSite, or interferes with or affects its working, excluding edits to site records made by legitimate registered users. This includes removing anything from it, adding anything to it, linking it to another website, and distributing any part of it to anyone else.


The New Zealand Archaeological Association is not affiliated with any person whose goods or services are linked to or from ArchSite or any linked site, and the links are provided for the users' convenience only. The New Zealand Archaeological Association does not sponsor, endorse or approve of any of those websites, organisations, individuals, goods or services. The New Zealand Archaeological Association cannot guarantee that external sites are accurate or that they will operate correctly.



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