Moderation policy

Before you join the conversation, take a moment to read through this policy to see what happens to your posts. By joining the conversation, you agree to this policy and our terms of use.

In this policy, any references to ‘we’ or ‘our’ means Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission.

We welcome and encourage you to post your thoughts and ideas. Naturally, we want discussion to be as free and open as possible, but please be aware that these discussions will be moderated. This is not to censor your opinions/comments, but to maintain a standard of friendly and effective discussion.


This discussion belongs to Te Kawa Mataaho, which is responsible for moderating and publishing comments. However, individual comments remain the view of person posting them and cannot be taken to represent the views of Te Kawa Mataaho.

We will use our best endeavours to ensure that posts that do not meet our requirements are not published.


All posts are subject to moderation before publication. If a post breaches one of these requirements below, it will not be published.

Even if your posts aren't published, they'll still be included as we consider submissions.

What happens after I post?

  • Posts will be published as soon as possible – comments are subject to moderation before publication and we’re moderating Monday - Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturdays 10am – 6pm. Moderation hours may be adjusted according to demand.
  • We will endeavour to approve eligible posts within two hours of submission during the above hours. There may be a delay at busier times. Posts received after hours will be moderated the following morning, or if received on a Sunday, on Monday morning.
  • Posts that duplicate existing ideas may be locked to keep the conversation in one place.
  • We don’t edit posts to remove objectionable content, so please ensure that your post meets these requirements. You may be invited to resubmit your post if it is rejected due to breaching this policy or our terms of use.

Requirements for posts

Your post must:

  • be relevant to the topic
  • be respectful of other submitters and their posts
  • be reasonably concise
  • meet the communication principles of the Harmful Digital Communications Act.

This means that, amongst other things, your posts and username must not:

  • defame (or potentially defame), falsely represent, or otherwise cause harm to a person or an organisation
  • contain anything illegal (including defamatory material), confidential or commercially sensitive
  • contain offensive language
  • contain racist, sexist, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane or sexually orientated comments
  • make an offensive comment about a person’s personal characteristic
  • reveal personal details of others (e.g. addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and other contact details)
  • contain images, videos, or hyperlinks to other websites.

We will use our reasonable discretion to determine whether the requirements are met.

Please do not spam the forum. Only post a comment once and don’t resubmit or submit a comment that is similar. This is so that others are not discouraged from submitting.

Also, your post should not promote a service or product, unless it is relevant to your discussion.

Other terms

Whether we publish it or not, your post will be subject to the Official Information Act 1982.

Our Privacy policy and Terms of Use also apply to your post.

Updates to this policy

This policy may be updated from time to time without prior notice.