About this website

We want to ensure that our site is widely accessible, so we have designed it to meet the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Below are some of the accessibility features of the site.

Accesskeys (Shortcut keys)

You can navigate this site without a mouse. We have provided the following keyboard shortcuts to commonly used sections of the site.

  • Accesskey: 0 = Accessibility Statement
  • Accesskey: 1 = Home page
  • Accesskey: 3 = Search
  • Accesskey: 4 = Map
  • Accesskey: 5 = Browse
  • Accesskey: 9 = Contact Us
  • Accesskey: [ = Skip navigation and jump to start of page content
  • Accesskey: / = www.govt.nz

To use the keyboard Accesskeys:

BrowserVersionActivate Accesskey
Chromev3 or above (Windows)Alt + Accesskey
Chromev3 or above (Mac)Ctl + Opt + Accesskey
FirefoxFF 2 and 3 (Windows and Linux)Alt + Shift + Accesskey
FirefoxFF 2 and 3 (Mac)Ctrl+ Accesskey
Internet ExplorerPrior to IE8Alt + Accesskey, then Enter
Internet ExplorerIE8 and aboveAlt + Accesskey
Operav7 and above(Windows or Mac)Shift + Escape, (release) then Accesskey
Safariv3 (Mac)Ctrl + Accesskey
Safariv3 (Windows)Alt + Accesskey
Safariv4 and above (Mac)Ctrl + Opt + Accesskey
Safariv4 and above (Windows)Alt + Accesskey

Note: Some browsers do not support the numbers on the Number Pad being used as Accesskeys. Use the numbers at the top of the keyboard.

Text size

You can make the text on this site bigger or smaller to suit you if your browser supports text resizing (i.e. recent versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera).

To resize your fonts:

  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer: go to the View menu at the top of your screen, select Text size, then choose to view with larger or smaller type.
  • In Firefox: press CTL + to make text bigger, and CTL - to make text smaller.
  • In other browsers: consult the browser Help for details on how to resize the text.

Print formatting

We use print stylesheets so that when you print, only the content on the page is printed and not the site navigation or banner. The text and layout of the printed content have also been optimised for readability.

PDF documents

Long documents are sometimes best printed using the Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. To view and print PDF files you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is free to download.

Any problems

If you have problems accessing any of the information on this website, please use the Contact Us function. We will do our best to get you the information you need in a format that is useful for you.