Transparency statements

These transparency statements explain how we collect, use and share information and how we use social media to enhance our interactive relationships and engage with our communities.

Collection, use and sharing of information
Transparency Statement

This transparency statement explains how we collect, use and share information gathered about members of the public or other entities (directly or indirectly) in accordance with the Public Service Commission’s Model Standards for Information Gathering and Public Trust.

The Treasury does not have any law enforcement or regulatory compliance responsibilities, and does not gather any information for these purposes.

The security of our people and premises is managed in accordance with our health and safety policy and our security policy, and in accordance with government procurement standards and government Protective Security Requirements.  The security of our information is managed in accordance with our privacy policy and security policy, and in compliance with the Privacy Act 1993, the Official Information Act 1982 and the Public Records Act 2005. The information we hold is used only for the purposes for which it is collected or as otherwise required, including as described in our privacy policy.

Note that where we have serious concerns regarding potential threats to the physical security of staff, or the security of information or places, we will involve an appropriate authority (such as the NZ Police) and, where required, will pass on the information to that authority.

Should we identify a need to gather information for law enforcement or regulatory compliance purposes in future, we will ensure compliance with the Information Gathering Model Standards, and update this transparency statement.

This statement applies to information gathered by us, our contractors, or any other third parties engaged by us.

Social media Transparency Statement

This transparency statement explains how we use and engage on social media in accordance with the Public Service Commission’s Guidance for State services official use of social media.

How we use social media

We use social media to share:

  • our commentary and outlook on the New Zealand economy and the living standards of New Zealanders
  • facts about the Government’s COVID-19 economic response measures and other Government policy decisions for which we provide advice
  • updates on the Government’s finances
  • information about the public finance system and how it works 
  • opportunities to provide us with feedback on specific issues
  • new content from our other digital channels (news, publications, speeches, events, etc)
  • other insights about the work we do and what it’s like to work for us
  • information about careers and job vacancies at the Treasury
  • other tweets, articles or publications of interest which are relevant to our key messages, objectives, promotions or updates

We welcome feedback and ideas from our followers and will try to join these conversations where possible; however, we can't guarantee we will be able to reply individually to every post. 

All social media accounts are monitored from 8.30am – 5pm on weekdays and sporadically outside these hours. We will respond to private messages, as soon as we can, during business hours. If you have an urgent query, please contact us directly.

We may choose to retweet, @mention, or post information by other organisations and/or individuals for the interest and information of our followers. However, we do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of this information.

We may follow/like organisations and individuals that are relevant to our organisation. This does not imply endorsement or guarantee the accuracy of their information.

At times, people employed by us may engage in forums on LinkedIn and other online channels. Any opinions or views expressed on these forums belong to the individual staff member. Our staff acting in an official capacity will identify themselves and state that they are representing the Treasury.

Read more about engaging with us on social media here: Engage with us on social media

Enquiries and complaints

Members of the public have the right to raise any concerns about the Treasury’s information gathering activities or use of social media. If you have any enquiries about our information gathering and social media activities, or believe we have not acted in accordance with the Transparency Statements above, you should contact us at the following address:

Te Tai Ōhanga - The Treasury
1 The Terrace
PO Box 3724
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Tel: +64 4 472 2733

If your query is about our information gathering, please email: [email protected] 

If your query is about our use of social media, please private or direct message us on the social media channel of concern, or email: [email protected].

All concerns and complaints will be dealt with in a timely manner.