User agreements for Greenpeace Greenwire New Zealand

Greenpeace Greenwire Community Agreement of Greenpeace NZ

Last updated November 17 2015

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Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. It consists of 27 independent national and regional offices with presence in 40 countries, and a coordinating body, Greenpeace International.

Every national or regional Greenpeace office may choose to set up a Greenpeace Greenwire community for their respective supporters and each have their own terms and conditions.

When you join the Greenpeace Greenwire community website of Greenpeace NZ, you are joining a community of like-minded people which is supported - and not controlled or directed - by Greenpeace NZ.   Greenpeace NZ does not endorse or authroise any campaigns or activities that occur on Greenwire.  By accepting this community agreement and linked policies, you acknowledge that being part of the Greenpeace Greenwire community involves responsibilities for both yourself and Greenpeace NZ:

Greenpeace NZ has a responsibility when it provides you with support, to do so professionally, by providing good, well-informed guidance. If you participate in activities organised by Greenpeace NZ it will ensure an appropriate duty of care for your safety. And in addition, Greenpeace NZ promises that your data will not be used for any purpose other than what you have signed up for.

You have a responsibility within the Greenpeace Greenwire community to stick to the rules; to not act in such a way that is not in line with the objectives of Greenpeace NZ, and to ensure that you keep information confidential which may harm Greenpeace NZ, the global Greenpeace organisation, its allies or the wider movement, if that information is intended for internal use within the community.

This way, Greenpeace NZ can together with you move people to choose for a green and peaceful future.

Art. 1 Community goals and membership

Greenpeace NZ has designed the Greenpeace Greenwire community to:

a) enable its volunteers, supporters and allied activists to connect with each other,

b) invite them to participate in activities and campaigns that Greenpeace NZ organises, and

c) to provide a platform for volunteers, supporters and allied activists to organise their own activities which are aligned with Greenpeace’s long-term goals and campaigns, but are not directed by Greenpeace NZ

You can not participate in the Greenpeace Greenwire community without creating a personal profile on Greenpeace Greenwire.  This profile is public, and other users of Greenwire will be able to see the information posted there.   As a community member, you have a responsibility to invest time into the community, according to your own availability, through proposing or joining activities and through self-driven initiatives. As a Greenpeace Greenwire community member, you are responsible for joining activities which fit your own needs and availability. When you agree to take on a task, you are responsible for completing that activity - and you agree that you will contact the activity organiser as soon as possible to arrange your own replacement if you cannot perform due to e.g. illness or a change in circumstances.

Art. 2 Commencement and termination of this Agreement

By checking the box “I accept the terms of the community agreement and hereby join the Greenpeace Greenwire community of Greenpeace NZ”, you are agreeing to become part of the Greenpeace Greenwire community of Greenpeace NZ.

This agreement shall be terminated by written notice by either party, or because you delete your Greenpeace Greenwire profile. Please also sign out of any activities you have committed to prior to deleting your profile, to make sure the organiser of that activity is not counting on you.

Greenpeace NZ may choose to unilaterally terminate the agreement if the code of conduct articulated in this community agreement (See article 3 and article 11) are violated. Greenpeace NZ may also terminate the agreement if you have not logged in to Greenpeace Greenwire for at least 6 months. Greenpeace NZ will notify you at least once, at least one month in advance, before your profile is de-activated or deleted as a result of inactivity, to allow you the opportunity to reactivate your participation in the community.


Art. 3 Code of Conduct in the Greenpeace Greenwire community

●      Be kind to one another. In your interactions with others in the Greenpeace Greenwire community, online and in person, do not make offensive comments which are contrary to the law or to the principles of Greenpeace (Personal responsibility, nonviolence, independence, equitable sustainability, global mindset, solution & action focus), or which are otherwise offensive. This includes, but is not limited to: intimidation, insults, threats, abuse, obscene language, profanity, sexual harassment, racist or offensive remarks, or inciting violence.

●      Stay on topic, or start a new discussion. Respect the choices of other Greenpeace Greenwire members to start or to join groups or events because they wish to act together towards a certain purpose. If you find that your personal goals and actions are not being addressed, it is your responsibility to start new groups or events to take action, rather than to distract from the agreed purpose of other groups or events.

●      Do not spam: you can not use your account for commercial purposes or mass promotion of a product, service or idea.

●      Be open and honest. Greenpeace NZ is transparent and accountable and we expect Greenpeace Greenwire members to be transparent and accountable as well. If you are paid by a company, organisation or government for your participation in the Greenpeace Greenwire community - online or in activities - or if you may otherwise have a conflict of interest, you must clearly state that conflict of interest in your profile and in any discussions in which you engage.

  • Do not use Greenwire for political party organising or campaigning

●      Do not spread computer viruses, malicious software or malicious programs in order to damage or compromise the security of people’s computers or the Greenpeace Greenwire website of Greenpeace NZ itself.


Greenpeace NZ reserves the right to erase, to close for further comment, or to intervene in other ways with content posted by members online in the Greenpeace Greenwire community if such content is considered inappropriate, for example where the code of conduct above has been violated, in whole or in part.

Greenpeace NZ reserves the right to use the email address provided by you, from time to time, for the purposes of your Greenwire account to contact you for the purposes of sending you messages or notifications in relation to your account, including for the purposes of notifying you of any third party complaints regarding the contents of your Greenwire profile or comments posted by you on the Greenwire site.  GPNZ may also use this address for the purposes of serving you with any court proceedings relating to your use of Greenwire.

Greenpeace NZ reserves the right to terminate this agreement with Greenpeace Greenwire members who do not follow the code of conduct, and reserves the express right to suspend or remove their profile from the site without prior warning.


Art. 4 Guidance, information and training

As a Greenpeace Greenwire community member, you have a right to seek out quality guidance from Greenpeace NZ and from other Greenpeace Greenwire community members. If you choose to participate in an activity, you have the right to receive the necessary information to perform your job or task, and the organiser – Greenpeace NZ or other community members - have an obligation to provide you with that information. You are obliged to provide the required information and guidance to community members who join activities or groups that you choose to organise. It is expected that you read and understand the provided information; meet deadlines and commitments, when engaging in any activity/campaign, so that they help ensure the activity is delivered properly; and keep information confidential when necessary.

Greenpeace NZ may offer you, depending on your geographic location and your role in the Greenpeace Greenwire community, the opportunity to participate in training. Participation in some activities or roles will require a mandatory training.


Art. 5 Expenses

There are no costs associated with participation in the Greenpeace Greenwire community - it only requires a common passion and commitment to achieving a green and peaceful world in line with Greenpeace’s long-term goals.

Trainings offered by Greenpeace NZ will always be offered on a not-for-profit basis - they will be provided either at no cost, or at a reasonable fee to cover any venue, accommodation, travel or logistical costs. The fee, if any, will be set at the discretion of the Greenpeace NZ. If trainings require a fee, a limited number of scholarships will always be offered to ensure that ability-to-pay is not a barrier to participation.

Art. 6 Insurance

Greenpeace  NZ does not provide individual or collective liability insurance or accident insurance for Greenpeace Greenwire community members during their participation in activities or events organised through Greenpeace Greenwire. It is your own responsibility to clarify and understand insurance conditions with the relevant Greenpeace office before participating in activities organised through Greenpeace Greenwire.

Your participation is therefore at your own risk, to be covered by your own health insurance and accident insurance.


Art. 7 Conflicts

Art 7.1,

If you have a complaint about any content posted on Greenwire you should notify us at  Once your complaint is received, we will forward the complaint to the author of the content within 48 hours of receiving your complaint.  The author will have a right to submit a counter notice to the host within 48 hours.  If no counter notice is received within the 48 hours provided (or the author consents to the removal of the content), we will remove or disable the content as soon as is practicable.  If a valid counter notice is received in which the author refuses to consent to removal, we will:  (i) leave the content up; (ii) notify the complainant; and (iii) if the author consents, provide the complainant with personal information that identifies the author.


In the event of ambiguities, complaints or conflicts between you and a staff member from Greenpeace NZ or other any national or regional Greenpeace office, that can not be solved through dialogue, you have the right to request the local Greenpeace Greenwire Coordinator to mediate in the conflict. If the Greenpeace Greenwire Coordinator him/herself is involved or from another national or regional Greenpeace office you have the right to seek mediation from the International Greenpeace Greenwire Coordinator of Greenpeace Volunteering Lab

If the International Greenpeace Greenwire Coordinator him/herself is part of the conflict, or the problems are of such a size that the International coordinator can not resolve the matter, the matter will be escalated to the Director of Greenpeace’s Volunteering Lab.


Art. 8 Confidentiality

As a member of the Greenpeace Greenwire community, you may have access to information regarding Greenpeace NZ and other national and regional Greenpeace offices across the world, information that is intended for internal use and/or information that is intended only to be used to enable you to participate in activities. By accepting the terms of this Community Agreement, you agree to keep secret such information and not distribute such information to third parties (including through online social networks), unless the local Greenpeace Greenwire co-ordinator gives you express consent in writing, in advance, to disclose that information. This applies both during the term of the agreement, as well as after termination of your profile on Greenpeace Greenwire. You are wholly responsible for the information you release, and shall bear responsibility for the security of any information you have access to.


Art 9. Privacy

It is your responsibility to enter your personal data as accurately and completely as possible, and, should your personal data change, to update the information as quickly and accurately as possible. Giving false information gives Greenpeace NZ  the express right to terminate this agreement and suspend or remove your Greenpeace Greenwire account without prior warning.

Greenpeace NZ  will not disclose personal information to third parties without your consent, unless required to do so under the law.

Please see Greenpeace NZ’s privacy policy for more detail.

Art 10. Right to use images and content

Art 10.1 - Greenpeace use of your content

By placing text and images on Greenpeace Greenwire, you give Greenpeace NZ the right to use this content in its online and print communications and publications, unless you explicitly state, when initially sharing the content, that you wish to retain Copyright or a particular Creative Commons license.

In the case where you have not stated an intention to retain copyright or a Creative Commons license,  Greenpeace NZ will endeavor to contact you in advance, and to attribute the source in publication, however Greenpeace NZ  can not guarantee that this prior contact and attribution will always succeed. You will receive no compensation for Greenpeace’s use of content.

If you have stated that you wish to retain copyright over your content, Greenpeace NZ ,will in all cases contact you before using your images or text, to negotiate the terms of use.

If you have stated that you wish to use a Creative Commons licence for your content, Greenpeace NZ  will adhere to the terms of the specific license in sharing the content, and will endeavour to contact you if necessary.


Art 10.2 - Your use of Greenpeace logo and content

The Greenpeace logo is an internationally registered trademark of Stichting Greenpeace Council in the Netherlands, and should only be shown with prior written permission from Greenpeace NZ.

It is your responsibility, if using the Greenpeace logo and other images, to ensure that you have appropriate permission and that you therefore are not infringing trademark law. If in doubt, contact

Where articles and other texts written by Greenpeace NZ  are not intended for internal use only, (see Article 8), you are free to reproduce such articles and other texts for personal or educational purposes, provided that you adhere to the copyright policy of Greenpeace NZ and  state at the beginning of the article: “Source: Greenpeace NZ”, and that you also reproduce the name of the author and any copyright information from the original text.

Articles, texts and images produced by third parties - even if posted on Greenpeace Greenwire re-published by Greenpeace NZ - remain the intellectual property of those third parties, and you must not use any such materials without express  permission for their use from the original sources before reproducing their content. This also includes Articles, texts and images from other national and regional Greenpeace offices. Please check the copyright policy of Greenpeace NZ.

Art. 11 Liability

All messages in the Greenpeace Greenwire community are written by individual members of the community and represent the opinion of the individual and not necessarily the opinion of Greenpeace NZ, other regional or national Greenpeace offices or Greenpeace International. Greenpeace NZ is not liable for acts or omissions of users, including the files, data and / or materials that they make available on this website.

Greenpeace NZ therefore provides no guarantees regarding the accuracy or quality of the contents of files, data and/or materials provided by its users. Greenpeace NZ accepts no liability for any damages resulting from use of content shared by community members on Greenpeace Greenwire, and is not responsible for the accuracy and completeness of such content. Official positions and statements of Greenpeace NZ can be found on

The contents of any activities organised by Greenpeace Greenwire community members on the Greenpeace Greenwire platform should never conflict with the law, the principles of Greenpeace or the community agreement as set out on Greenpeace Greenwire.

Greenpeace NZ accepts no liability arising from Greenpeace Greenwire community members acting contrary to the law, or the willful infliction of harm. Greenpeace NZ has no control over the actual activities of Greenpeace Greenwire community members, and accepts no liability for the consequences of activities by Greenpeace Greenwire community members. Greenpeace NZ is not obliged to compensate damages or pay any other compensation  for activities relating to Greenpeace Greenwire.

If Greenpeace  incurs any costs or liabilities due to activities of Greenpeace Greenwire community members,  then the Greenpeace Greenwire community members who have caused  Greenpeace NZ to incur those costs or liabilities jointly and severally indemnify Greenpeace NZ for those costs and liabilities.

Greenpeace NZ does not guarantee that Greenpeace Greenwire is at all times accessible, secure and without interference. Greenpeace NZ is not liable for any direct or indirect damages arising from or related to the use of Greenpeace Greenwire, or inability to use and / or access any associated services of Greenpeace NZ.

Willful spreading of misinformation, or promotion of activities that are contrary to the fundamental principles of Greenpeace, or contrary to national law, may result in the offending users’ expulsion from Greenpeace Greenwire and removal of the user’s profile from Greenpeace NZ’s records. The misuse of Greenpeace Greenwire for own financial or other gain or causing nuisance, or trolling, will not be tolerated. Greenpeace NZ reserves the right to unilaterally cancel this community agreement, , and to deny Greenpeace Greenwire community membership, at its sole discretion.


Art. 12 Adjusting the conditions

Greenpeace NZ has the right to adjust and update this Terms of Use/Greenpeace Greenwire community agreement at any time, in which case Greenpeace NZ will inform you via Greenpeace Greenwire messages and by email. The current terms of use will always be made available on Greenpeace Greenwire itself. If you continue to use the site after one or more changes to the terms of use, you irrevocably accept these adjustment(s). It is therefore wise to consult these terms regularly.



Article 13 Applicable law

This agreement is subject to the laws of New Zealand.  The New Zealand courts will have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any disputes relating to or arising out of Greenpeace Greenwire NZ which can not be solved amicably or through mediation