Cookies, Privacy Policy & Disclaimer


The Theatreview website uses cookies to help us give better service.  This is the only way in which we use them.   Cookies from this site are not used to track personally identifiable user activity.

Browser or ‘web’ cookies are small text files that are sent by a website and stored on your computer’s hard drive to collect information about how you browse the website.   Data collected may include:

  • your IP address
  • your location (city or town)
  • the search terms you used on this site
  • the pages you accessed and the links you clicked on
  • the date and time you visited this site
  • the referring site (if any) from which you clicked to reach this site
  • the device you used to access this site (eg. tablet, phone, desktop)
  • your operating system (eg, Windows 10, Mac OS X)
  • the type of web browser you used to access this site (eg, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome)
  • other things like your screen resolution, the release of your installed Flash version and the language setting of your browser.

It is aggregated in our system and will not be used to identify you personally. As we said, we do not use the cookies to track personally identifiable user activity.  

You can opt out (check your browser’s ‘Help’ to find out how), in which case your use of the site will not be tracked in this way, although this may reduce the number or type of services you can access on the site.   Disabling the function will not affect your ability simply to view the website. Our policy concerning privacy is contained in our Privacy Policy.

Privacy Policy

This policy concerns the privacy of personal information which The Theatreview Trust collects through this website,  It is set out here in order to let you know if or how we collect it, what that is, what we do with it and how we keep it private.   We collect and use any such information in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020, together with the Official Information Act 1982 and the Public Records Act 2005.

Our policy means that we collect personal information from you only where this is necessary to carry out our functions.

We use and share your personal information only where necessary to carry out the functions for which we collected it.

We retain any of your collected personal information securely, supply a copy to you if you ask, and amend or delete the information if you ask.

We report serious privacy breaches.

We do not sell or rent any personal information gathered through this website, at any time or for any purpose.

We will not collect, use, share or disclose personal information received through this website except as legally required or to ensure your or the site’s safety, and as set out here.

What information we collect through the website, and how we collect and use it

You can access and use the website without telling us who you are or revealing any information by which someone could identify you. 

However, you may choose from time to time to provide personal information through this website, eg, by joining as an audience member to receive email alerts and add comments to reviews or participate in forums, by providing feedback, by supplying information on the productions reviewed, or to donate.  That can include your name, email address, numbers and other personal details.  The data collected will only be that you provide yourself, and apart from other legal requirements will only be used for the purpose for which you provided it.

Through cookies on the website we may also collect information about you in the course of your using the site without your deliberately providing the information yourself.  The cookies are used to gather and analyse data about trends in website usage, measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved, identify potential cases of abuse, and similar.  They are not used to track individual user activity around this site.  The information is aggregated and will not identify you personally.

Some browsers incorporate a Do Not Track feature that signals to websites you visit that you do not want to have your online activity tracked.  Tracking is not the same as using or collecting information in connection with a website. For these purposes, tracking refers to collecting personally identifiable information from consumers who use or visit a website or online service as they move across different websites over time.  How browsers communicate the Do Not Track signal is not yet uniform.  As a result, the Theatreview website is not yet set up to interpret or respond to Do Not Track signals communicated by your browser.  Even so, as described throughout this Policy, we limit our use and collection of your personal information.

Theatreview does not have any law enforcement or regulatory compliance responsibilities, and does not gather any information for these purposes at any time.

When or how we share the information we collected

The information you provide is held by Theatreview.  It may be shared with, and held by, third party contractors to the extent necessary for those parties to provide the services, and administration and/or improvement services in relation to the website.   It may be viewed by site administrators, our own contractors and Trustees (as appropriate), and third-party contractors who may administrate or work on the site or provide the services.  All of these people will be subject to the information security and privacy requirements of this privacy policy.

The information we collect through cookies may be used in statistical analysis such as that provided by Google analytics.  It will not be viewed, used or shared in a way which identifies you personally.

Where you voluntarily include contact information, booking links and website addresses in material provided to Theatreview for publication, we understand that to mean you intend that information to be made publicly available and, by sending it to Theatreview, that you agree to its publication.

Content uploaded by registered users may also be used or referenced by Theatreview in documents or other publications. Where this happens, Theatreview will reference the source for the content.

We may be legally required or permitted, such as under the Official Information Act 1982 or to Parliament, to share information.  Apart from that, unless it is necessary to do so for the purpose for which you gave us the information (eg, to investigate a complaint), we will not otherwise share with any other person, website, or entity any information collected which identifies you, without your consent.

How we store your information

All the personal information we collect is held securely.  This website is hosted on a virtual private server in the cloud in a controlled secure datacentre.  We maintain reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards for protection against unauthorised access, use, modification, and disclosure of the personal information collected.  

Transmission of the data over the internet or wireless network is a separate matter though, and we cannot  guarantee that it will be secure and private.  While we do our best to protect your personal information when it is with us, unfortunately:

How you can access and manage your information

If at any time you would like to know what personal information we hold about you, you can contact our Privacy Officer (Managing Editor, John Smythe) either by email at, or by post at 22 Porritt Avenue, Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011.  Those addresses will also reach The Theatreview Trust.  If you ask for a copy of that information, we will respond within 20 working days.

You can manage the information we hold, within the limits and conditions detailed in the Privacy Act 2020. In broad terms you can ask at any time for some or all of the information to be amended or deleted.

When you unsubscribe to our email alerts, your details will be retained but no longer active. 

You can manually disable cookies at any time (check your browser’s ‘Help’ to find out how).  Disabling cookies will not affect your ability simply to view the website.

We will only retain personal information as long as it is required for the purposes for which the information may lawfully be used.  Where any information provided (which may include personal information) to, or through, this site constitutes public records, it will be retained to the extent required by the Public Records Act 2005.  Other than that, it will be deleted.

Data breach

If there is unauthorised or accidental access to, or disclosure, alteration, loss or destruction of your personal information that causes serious harm or is likely to do so, a Trustee from The Theatreview Trust will notify you, any other people affected and the Privacy Commissioner.


This website contains information obtained from within Theatreview resources, the website, from third party sources and websites, and from sources commissioned by us, and is subject to change without notice.

Hypertext links to websites that belong to third parties are for the convenience of users and do not constitute any endorsement or authorisation by Theatreview.  Similarly, reference to a specific commercial product, process or service, whether by trade or company name, trademark or otherwise, does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Theatreview. Theatreview is not responsible for the contents or reliability of linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.  Linking shall not be taken as endorsement of any kind.  We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over availability of the linked pages.

Theatreview tries to the best of our ability and knowledge to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and current.  However, we do not accept liability for the accuracy or content of the material.

When visiting other websites, please refer to the terms and conditions of use, privacy and copyright policies of those sites. You are welcome to create a hyperlink from another website to this one.  However, the link must not be presented on your website in any context that implies that this (Theatreview) website has an association with your site, or that Theatreview endorses your site or product. The contents of this website should not be construed as legal advice.  Visitors to this website should take specific advice from qualified professionals before undertaking any action as a result of information accessed on this website.

The information provided on this website does not replace or alter the laws of New Zealand, or alter any other official guidelines or requirements.