Terms and Conditions of Membership

Network NZ (2015) Limited Terms & Conditions

By visiting and using our website www.networknz.nz and our Facebook groups called “FOUNDATION MEMBERS Network NZ”, "Network NZ Business Community" and "Network NZ Bloggers", you agree to the following terms and conditions so please read them carefully:

1.            Definitions

1.1          In these terms and conditions:

1.1.1      “Facebook group” or "Facebook groups" means the Facebook group called “FOUNDATION MEMBERS Network NZ” at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NNZMembersOnly,  the Facebook group called "Network NZ Business Community" at https://www.facebook.com/groups/networknz/, the Facebook group called "Network NZ Bloggers" at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NNZBloggers/

1.1.2      “Member” means a person, business or organisation that signs up as a member of the NNZ website by paying the membership fee, creating an account and accepting these terms and conditions.

1.1.3      “NNZ” means Network NZ (2015) Limited.

1.1.4      A reference to “we”, “our” or “us” means NNZ and reference to “you” or “your” means a Member or any other person visiting or using the NNZ website or Facebook groups.

1.1.5      "VIP Member" means a member that is a "Network NZ Endorsed" supplier. 

2.            Membership

2.1          This section 2 relates to Members only.

2.2          You may become a Member if you:

2.2.1       Are 16 years old or over; and

2.2.2       Own, part-own or want to own a business based in New Zealand. 

2.3          The details you provide to us when you register to become a Member must be true, complete and accurate, and you must notify us of any material change to those details as soon as possible.

2.4          The membership fees of our different levels of membership, and the benefits associated with each level of membership, are set out on our website.

2.5          VIP Membership refers to service service based businesses that are "Network NZ Endorsed". VIP membership is by invitation only at our sole discretion. We will renew VIP memberships annually at our sole discretion.

2.6          VIP, Foundation and Directory Members can use our business directory on our website to promote their businesses.

2.7          Only VIP Members can promote their services via our newsletter.  VIP Membership includes all other benefits as set out on our website. 

2.8          NNZ does not guarantee the outcome of advice given by any VIP Member. 

2.9          Foundation, Directory and VIP Members can submit events on our website.  We reserve the right not to publish an event on our calendar if we believe it is inappropriate.

2.10        Foundation Members can submit questions on our website and Facebook group to be answered at no cost by our VIP Members.

2.11        Multi level marketing (MLM) and network marketing (NM) business people may join, however there are to be no attempts to recruit or sell to other Network NZ members. Doing so may result in your membership and listing being revoked immediately and without a refund of your membership fee.

2.12        Other 'business directory' businesses are not able to join Network NZ due to a conflict of interest. Other 'networking' businesses may be able to join and a decision will be made on a case by case basis once it has been determined there is no conflict of interest. All decisions are final and at the discretion of Network NZ. No correspondence will be entered into.

2.13        Your membership is non-transferable.

2.14        Once you have purchased a Foundation membership, you will only be able to access all areas of our website with your username and password that you set up at the time you become a member.

2.15        Once you have purchased a Directory membership, you will be able to access a restricted portion of our website with your username and password that you set up at the time you become a member.

2.16        All memberships are given free access to the "Network NZ Business Community". 

2.17        You are responsible for all access to our website through the use of your membership username and password.

2.18        You must keep your username and password confidential.

2.19        You must immediately notify us if you become aware of any unauthorised use of your Member account, username or password.

2.20        You must not allow any other person or entity access into the Members only area of our website or our Facebook groups. If you are, or we reasonably believe that you are or are likely to be, in breach of this section we may with or without notice to you suspend or cancel your membership and access to our website and Facebook groups. If we suspend your access to our website and Facebook groups we may impose any conditions for your future use of our website and Facebook groups as we believe necessary.

2.21        You may cancel your membership by emailing us at michelle@networknz.nz.  All cancellations require 30 days’ notice.  There are no refunds given for cancelled memberships.

2.22        Network NZ reserves the right to refuse membership to any person or business who is deemed to be unsuitable for any reason. All membership decisions are final, no correspondence will be entered into and a refund will be provided to any business owner who attempts to sign up and is deemed unsuitable. This clause is separate from membership cancellations after acceptance (see section 2.19).

3.            Payment

3.1          All memberships and other products and services purchased through our website are payable at the time of purchase through our online payment system.

3.2          All our prices are in New Zealand dollars and are plus GST unless otherwise specified.

3.3          Membership renewals will be invoiced to you and are payable within the timeframe and by the payment methods specified on the invoice.  If your membership renewal invoice is not paid by the due date we may cancel your membership.

4.            Our role

4.1          Our role is to help you and other New Zealand based businesses grow by providing a networking platform to connect with other businesses, as well as give opportunities for discussing and learning new ideas.

4.2          We are not responsible for monitoring any discussions, posts on forums, blog entries or other information published on our website or Facebook groups.

5.            Use of the NNZ website and Facebook groups

5.1          You agree to comply with these terms and conditions at all times.  If you breach these terms and conditions we reserve the right to cancel your membership and remove you from any of our groups including Facebook groups.  We have the sole discretion to make decisions about whether you have breached these terms and conditions.

5.2          You agree to use our website and Facebook groups, your membership, and any products or services you purchase on our website for lawful purposes only.

5.3          You agree to use our website and Facebook groups at your own risk.

5.4          Your use of our website, Facebook groups and products and services must not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of our website by any other person, business or organisation.

5.5          You must not import or transfer any information or other content to our website which is or may be in breach of any applicable laws, offensive, inaccurate, abusive, defamatory, obscene, misleading, confidential, commercially sensitive, in breach of any intellectual property right, privacy, publicity or any other rights of any third party, or damaging to the software or performance of our website or Facebook groups.

5.6          You must not impersonate any person or entity, or misrepresent your association with a person or entity.

5.7          You are liable for and will indemnify us for any claims made by a third party arising from your use of the NNZ website and Facebook groups.

5.8          You must not promote or endorse any business or commercial goods, products or publications (including other websites) without our prior written consent.  Although it is often not possible to write articles and resources without any promotion of a business included, if an article, blog post or other resource is clearly aimed at promoting or advertising a business, it may be edited or deleted by us.

5.9          You are responsible for the content of the information, resources and any messages you post and any consequences as a result of these posts.

5.10        You must not use our website or Facebook groups to recruit for network marketing or multi-level marketing.

5.11        You must not use our website or Facebook groups to collect email addresses and other contact information for the purpose of sending unsolicited or unauthorised advertising such as "junk mail" or "spam".

5.12        You must not take any action that imposes an unreasonable load on the infrastructure of our website.

5.13        You must not use our website or your Directory Listing in any paid advertising e.g. Google AdWords

5.14        If you are offended by a post, discussion, resource or topic please email us at michelle@networknz.nz. Please do not email us if you simply disagree with what has been posted, and instead we recommend you post a reply stating your opposing opinion. When doing so do not make any personal attacks. If you disagree with another Member or with a situation, state your case without attacking or insulting others, and treat others with respect at all times.

6.            Grammar and spelling

6.1          We reserve the right to amend articles, blog posts and other resources for grammar and spelling corrections.

7.            Availability of our website

7.1          You can look at some pages of our website without being a Member.

7.2          Access to and use of certain parts of our website will require you to become a Member.

7.3          We aim to make our website available to you to use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but we make no guarantee about the availability of our website.

7.4          If a fault happens with our website we will try to correct the fault as soon as possible.

7.5          Your access to our website might be restricted occasionally to allow us to carry our repairs and maintenance to our website.

7.6          We do not promise that:

7.6.1             Our website will be fully functional at all times;

7.6.2             Any defects or faults in our website will be fixed;

7.6.3             Our website is free of viruses or bugs.

7.7          We reserve the right to suspend and withdraw access to some or all of our pages on our website without notice any time and we accept no responsibility for these pages on our website not being available.

8.            Intellectual Property

8.1          Our website contains intellectual property owned by us, including trademarks, copyrights, proprietary information and other intellectual property, as well as intellectual property owned by Members and other people who publish articles and other resources on our website and Facebook groups.

8.2          You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, distribute, display, reproduce or perform, or in any way exploit in any format whatsoever any of the content, in whole or in part, the copyright owner’s prior written consent. 

8.3          You must own the copyright and other intellectual property rights in, or have written permission from the copyright owner to publish, all articles and other resources you submit for publication on our website and Facebook groups.

8.4          We are not required to pay you for any articles and other resources you submit for publication and are published on our website or Facebook groups unless otherwise previously agreed.

8.5          You retain the copyright and other intellectual property rights in any articles and other resources you submit for publication on our website and Facebook groups, and you agree to give us full rights to use these articles and other resources you submit for publication on our website and Facebook groups.

8.6          We reserve the right to immediately cancel your membership and access to our website and our Facebook groups if you are caught violating this intellectual property policy.

9.            Amending these terms and conditions

9.1          We may amend these terms and conditions from time to time and these changes will be deemed to be immediately incorporated into and form part of these terms and conditions. 

10.          Privacy Policy

10.1        We do not capture or store any personal information about individuals who look at our website, except where you choose to give us your personal details by email or an online form to enquire or buy a membership, product or service on our website

10.2        Where you complete any of our online forms the personal information you give us will be used by us to provide the information or products or services you requested.

10.3        We collect and store only the following information from people visiting our website that is automatically recognised: the date and time, the originating IP, the type of browser and operating system used, the URL of the referring page, the object requested, and the completion status of the request.  

10.4        People who visit our website remain anonymous as none of the data we collect is linked to any personal information. The information only allows us to work on any problems with our server, and look at the popularity of the pages on our website, so that we can continually improve our site.

11.          Disclaimer

11.1        Our website, Facebook groups, products, services and all blog articles, resources, tools, and other resources are educational and informational resources for business owners wanting help, and are not a substitute for working with a business consultant or other professional like a lawyer, accountant or financial adviser.

11.2        We cannot guarantee the outcome of following the recommendations provided and any statements made regarding the potential outcome are expressions of opinion only.

11.3        We make no guarantees about the information and recommendations provided on our website, our Facebook groups and in our resources and in our products and services.

11.4        By continuing to use/read/participate in our website, Facebook groups, products, services and all blog articles, resources, tools, and other resources you acknowledge that we cannot guarantee any particular results, as such outcomes are based on subjective factors that are not within our control.  Therefore, following any information or recommendations provided in our website, Facebook groups, products, services and all blog articles, resources, tools, and other resources and products and services are at your own risk. If you need business advice, you should hire a business consultant or other professional.

11.5        We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance you place on the information contained in our website, Facebook groups, products, services and all blog articles, resources, tools, and other resources. 

11.6        The views, opinions and positions expressed within posts, articles and other resources on our website that have been submitted by Members and other third parties are those of the author alone and do not represent those of NNZ.  The accuracy, completeness and validity of any statements made within these posts, articles and other resources are not guaranteed.  We accept no liability for any errors, omissions or representations.

11.7        The copyright of content, posts, articles and other resources on our website that have been submitted by Members and other third parties belongs to the author and any liability or rights with regards to infringement of intellectual property rights remains with them.

11.8        Network NZ does not guarantee the outcome of any advice given by any VIP member, and you use the advice given by VIP members at your own risk.  Network NZ disclaims all liability and responsibility from any reliance you place on the advice given by a VIP member.

12.          Feedback

12.1        If you have any feedback or a complaint, please email us at michelle@networknz.nz.

13.          VIP Members

13.1        All VIP Members are subject to an annual review and audit. 

13.2        They must conduct themselves in a way at all times that does not reflect badly on Network NZ.

13.3        They must inform Network NZ of any business dealings or investigations that may impact their business (and Network NZ) negatively.

13.4        Network NZ can revoke VIP Membership status at any time, without notice.

14.          Applicable law

14.1        These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of New Zealand.