Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy



We know that how we collect, use, disclose and protect your information is important to you, and we value your trust. That’s why protecting your information and being clear about what we do with it is a vital part of our relationship with you. 

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform our clients and any users of our digital platforms (i.e. our website, social media pages (Refer to Appendix A) about how we comply with the requirements of the New Zealand Privacy Act 2020 (“the Privacy Act”) in managing personal information. 

Consent to Privacy Policy 

Please note that when you contact us through our website, digital Platforms and social media pages you are agreeing to this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, please do not contact us through any of our digital platforms, but call us on 03 441 0120 (Privacy Officer).

Collection of personal information

Personal Information is defined in the Privacy Act as information about an identifiable individual (a natural person as opposed to a company or other legal entity).

Types of personal information we collect 

The types of personal information we collect will vary depending on the nature of your dealings with us. We only collect personal information that is necessary. Where reasonable and practicable, we will collect your personal information directly from you and inform you that we are collecting it.  

We mainly collect personal information directly from you, for example:

•    Over the telephone or a video call (such as over Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Skype) e.g. when you contact our staff;
•    Through one of our digital platforms like our website, social media pages and app (including through any online chat, virtual assistant or bots) 
•    When you email or write to us; or
•    When you participate in a marketing campaign, competition or promotion (or a similar event) administered by us or our representatives.


If it is not obvious that we are collecting personal information from you, we will do our best to make it clear to you so that you are always aware when information is being collected. 

Generally, the types of personal information we collect and hold include your: 

•    Name
•    Contact details (such as your email address, postal address, phone number)
•    Details relating to any service offered by us
•    Details of your enquiry
•    Details of any preferences you tell us about (such as your price range to purchase property).


We may also collect personal information about you from:

•    Publicly available sources e.g. via the internet
•    Your professional advisers e.g. Solicitor or your Accountant

We collect your personal information from the above parties (other than publicly available sources) where we have received your express consent to do so. We are not responsible for the privacy or security practices of the above parties and the parties described above are not covered by this Privacy Policy.


Online device information and cookies 

If you are visiting us through our website, Digital Platform and social media pages, then we collect information about your use and experience on these by using cookies. Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your hard drive or on your mobile browser. They can record information about your visit to the site, allowing it to remember you the next time you visit and provide a more meaningful experience. 

The cookies we send to your computer, mobile phone or other device cannot read your hard drive, obtain any information from your browser or command your device to perform any action. They are designed so that they cannot be sent to another site or be retrieved by any non- New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty website or app. 

When you interact with us through our website, Digital Platform or social media pages the information collected through the cookies may include: 

•    The date and time of visits;
•    Website page (or pages) viewed;
•    The website from which you accessed the internet and our website or other digital platform;
•    How you navigate through the website and interact with pages (including any fields completed in forms and applications completed (where applicable));
•    Information about your location;
•    Information about the device used to visit our digital platform; and
•    IP address (or addresses), and the type of web browser used.

We will not ask you to supply personal information publicly over Facebook or any other social media platform that we use. Sometimes we may invite you to send your details to us through a private message, for example, to answer a question. You may also be invited to share your personal information through secure channels to participate in other activities, such as competitions, but we would require your express consent prior to us including you in such activities. 


A Bot 

A bot is a piece of software that is programmed to do certain tasks, such as responding to certain phrases with programmed responses. A bot acts in accordance with its instructions, human user’s behaviours, but without a human behind it. When you talk to a bot from a third party imitating a platform such as Facebook Messenger, our third party service provider Google Analytics will temporarily store and analyse your conversation so that the bot can talk back to you. You can read Google’s privacy policy at

The third party platform provider (i.e. Facebook Messenger) may also store your bot conversation. You can read Facebook’s privacy policy at We recommend that you do not share sensitive personal information, such as bank account details, with a bot.


Purpose of collection and use of personal information

Any personal information you provide to us may be used to:

•    Check whether you are eligible for the product or services offered by us;
•    Facilitate those services;
•    Provide information that you request; and / or
•    Provide you with further information about our other products and services.

We also have an obligation to maintain personal information to disclose to regulatory and similar bodies - see “Disclosure of your personal information” below. These bodies have a legal right to such information.


Storage and protection of your personal information

We may electronically record and store personal information which we collect from you. When we do so, we will take all reasonable steps to keep it secure and prevent unauthorised disclosure. However, we cannot promise that your personal information will not be accessed by an unauthorised person (e.g. a hacker) or that unauthorised disclosures will not occur. If we provide you with any passwords or other security devices, it is important that you keep these confidential and do not allow them to be used by any other person. You should notify us immediately if the security of your password or security device is breached, this will help prevent the unauthorised disclosure of your personal information.

Some information we hold about you will be stored in paper files, but most of your information will be stored electronically on physical hard drives [and/or] on the cloud, by cloud service providers – see “Cloud-based service providers” below. 

We use a range of physical and electronic security measures to protect the security of the personal information we hold, including:

•    Access to information systems is controlled through identity and access management;
•    Our buildings are secured with a combination of locks, monitored alarms and cameras to prevent unauthorised access;
•    Employees are bound by internal information security policies and are required to keep information secure;
•    Employees are required to complete training about information security and privacy;
•    When we send information overseas or use service providers to process or store information, we put arrangements in place to protect your information;
•    We regularly monitor and review our compliance (and our service providers’ compliance) with internal policies and industry best practice.
•    We only keep information for as long as we need it, or as long as the law requires us to. We have a records management policy that governs how we manage our information and records to make sure we destroy any information that is outdated, irrelevant or unnecessary.


Cloud-based service providers

We use third party service providers to store and process most of the information we collect. We use Appserv, Property Suite & AML Solutions cloud servers located in Australia and New Zealand. We ensure that our cloud-based service providers are subject to appropriate security and information handling arrangements and that the information stored or processed by them remains subject to confidentiality obligations.


Timeframes for keeping personal information 

We take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify any personal information as soon as practicable after the date of which it has no legal or regulatory purpose, or we have no legitimate business purpose with it.  

In the case of information that relates to our advice services or products or services we have provided, we are required by law to hold this information for seven years. After this time, provided that the personal information is no longer relevant to any service we are providing you, we will take reasonable steps to safely destroy or de-identify any personal information.  

We have a records management policy that governs how we manage our information and records to enable us to destroy any information that is outdated, irrelevant or no longer necessary. 


If there is a privacy breach 

We work hard to keep your personal information safe. However, despite applying strict security measures and following industry standards to protect your personal information, there is still a possibility that our security could be breached. If we experience a privacy breach, where there is a loss or unauthorised access or disclosure of your personal information that is likely to cause you serious harm, we will, as soon as we become aware of the breach: 

•    Seek to quickly identify and secure the breach to prevent any further breaches and reduce the harm caused;
•    Assess the nature and severity of the breach, including the type of personal information involved and the risk of harm to affected individuals;
•    Advise and involve the appropriate authorities where criminal activity is suspected;
•    Where appropriate, notify any individuals who are affected by the breach (where possible, directly);
•    Where appropriate, put a notice on our website advising our clients of the breach; and
•    Notify the Privacy Commissioner.


Disclosure of your personal information 

We may disclose your personal information to others outside New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty where: 

•    It is necessary to enable us to achieve the purpose that we collected the information for;
•    We are required or authorised by law or where we have a public duty to do so;
•    You have expressly consented to the disclosure or your consent can be reasonably inferred from the circumstances; or
•    We are permitted to disclose the information under the Privacy Act 2020.


Parties we may disclose your information to 

Your personal information may be used by us for the purpose of providing advice and services to you and may also be used by agencies such as, but not limited to: 

•    Any out-sourced service provider who assists in the services we are required to carry out such as auditors and external compliance reviewers;
•    Our external dispute resolution service;
•    The Regulator;
•    Credit reporting and debt collecting organisations;

If we don’t need to share your information with a third party in order to provide advice and services to you, we will not pass on your information to them without your consent. Under no circumstances will we sell or receive payment for disclosing your personal information.


Sending your information overseas

We may send your personal information outside New Zealand, including to overseas members of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty related companies and overseas service providers or other third parties who process or store our information, or provide certain services to us.

Where we do this, it does not change any of our commitments to you to safeguard your privacy. We make sure that appropriate security and information handling arrangements are in place and the information remains subject to confidentiality obligations.

All countries have different privacy laws and information protection standards. If we need to send your personal information to a country that has lower standards of information protection than in New Zealand, we will take appropriate measures to protect your personal information. Where it is not possible to ensure that appropriate security and information handling arrangements are in place, we will let you know and gain your consent prior to sending your personal information overseas.


Third party websites 

Through our website or our other social media pages, you may be able to link to other websites which are not under our control.  We are not responsible for the privacy or security practices of those third-party websites and the sites are not covered by this Privacy Policy. Third party websites should have their own privacy and security policies and we encourage you to read them. In addition, we have no knowledge of (or control over) the nature, content, and availability of those websites. We do not sponsor, recommend, or endorse anything contained on these linked websites. We do not accept any liability of any description for any loss suffered by you by relying on anything contained or not contained on these linked websites. 

Right to access, correct and delete personal information 
You have the right to request access to, correct and, in some circumstances, delete your personal information. You can do so by contacting us at: 

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty 
1st Floor, Mountaineer Building, Cnr Shotover and Rees Street, Queenstown, New Zealand Phone 03 441 0120 
Or via email at  

When you contact us with such a request, we will take steps to update or delete your personal information, provide you with access to your personal information and/or otherwise address your query within a reasonable period after we receive your request. To protect the security of your personal information, you may be required to provide identification before we update or provide you with access to your personal information.

We are only able to delete your personal information to the extent that it is not required to be held by us to satisfy any legal, regulatory, or similar requirements. 

There is no fee for requesting that your personal information is corrected or deleted or for us to make corrections or deletions. In processing your request for access to your personal information, a reasonable cost may be charged. This charge covers such things as locating the information and supplying it to you. 

There are some circumstances in which we are not required to give you access to your personal information. If we refuse to give you access or to correct or delete your personal information, we will let you know our reasons, except if the law prevents us from doing so. 

If we refuse your request to correct or delete your personal information, you also have the right to request that a statement be associated with your personal information noting that you disagree with its accuracy. 

If we refuse your request to access, correct or delete your personal information, we will also provide you with information on how you can complain about the refusal. 


What happens if you do not provide us your information? 

If you do not provide information we have requested, you may be unable to obtain or access our services for which the information is required. Please ask us if you are unsure what information is important and how this might affect you.


Changes to this Privacy Policy

We review this Privacy Policy periodically to keep it current and available on our website. If the changes are significant, we may advise you directly. You may also obtain a copy of the latest version by calling us on 03 441 0120.


Privacy Policy queries and concerns 

If you are concerned about how your personal information is being handled or if you feel that we have compromised your privacy in some way, please contact us at: 

Privacy Officer 
New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty 
1st Floor, Mountaineer Building, Cnr Shotover and Rees Street, Queenstown, New Zealand Phone 03 441 0120 
Or via email at  

We will acknowledge your complaint within three working days of its receipt. We will let you know if we need any further information from you to investigate your complaint. We aim to resolve complaints as quickly as possible. We strive to resolve complaints within five working days, but some complaints take longer to resolve. If your complaint is taking longer, we will let you know what is happening and a date by which you can reasonably expect a response. 

If you are not satisfied with our response to any privacy related concern you may lodge a complaint on the Privacy Office website ( or send a complaint form to the Privacy Commissioner at:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

P O Box 10-094
Wellington 6143, New Zealand
Fax: 04- 474 7595
Telephone: 0800 803 909


What we collect via our Marketing Channels

We gather information to allow us to develop, tailor and personalise our services and inform our marketing and advertising. The actual information we collect and our use of such personal information varies depending upon the nature of our relationship and the channel in which we interact.  

We collect personal information you provide to us when you contact us, when you interact with the marketing communications we send you or promote on social media. Information we may collect includes but is not limited to: 


•    Personal information you provide when you interact with us via our website or a third party service such as Facebook
•    Aggregated anonymised information generated by third party systems (such as Google Analytics)


Our Website 

We may collect personal information from you when you use our website 
(, for instance if you make an enquiry, sign up to our newsletters or interact with our chatbot we will receive your name, email address, phone number and other information you freely provide.  


To help us manage our website performance and improve your experience when using the website, we also use automated data collection technologies such as cookies and tracking pixels. Information collected from cookies can include your IP address, browser type, domain and other use information such as your username. You can refuse the use of cookies by turning them off in your browser. 

Information collected by our website may be used to provide you with marketing communications, improve our website experience, tailor content to provide you with a personalised experience or for market research. 


Social Media 

We use social media sites Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest to promote our business and reach a relevant audience. If you choose to create or log in to your account with a social media service and interact with us via that service, we may receive personal information about you or your connections from that service. Your interactions with these platforms are governed by the privacy policy of the third party providing it and to the maximum extent permitted by law we are not responsible for the actions of those third parties. 



We advertise in a number of ways, including online through managed social media presences, and on other unaffiliated sites and mobile applications. To understand how our advertising campaigns are performing, and better understand the visitors to our website we work with partners who provide us advertising services. These partners may also measure ad performance and report aggregate statistics to us. While ad performance and statistics are reported to us, it is the third party and not us that collects the information in these cookies from your use of our website. Accordingly, the use of such information is governed by the third party’s privacy policy. 

How your information is used  

We may use your personal information for any purpose which is stated to you at the time of collection or otherwise authorised to: 

•    Send you newsletters
•    Communicate with you for general contact or enquiries
•    Analyse the usage of our website, improve the content of the website and customise the website to your preferences
•    Carrying our marketing and promotional activities including direct marketing
•    To show you advertising and information that is relevant to your interests