NZ Herald's House Rules

The New Zealand Herald's Community House Rules

Welcome to the New Zealand Herald community. Your comments are a vital part of the experience at

We want our forum to be safe, civil, and respectful. We encourage thoughtful, insightful debate - the best comments bring fresh ideas and perspectives. Humour is good. Be concise. And don't abuse our journalists - they're working hard to keep you informed.

When you submit a comment on one of our stories, it is sent to a moderator to review. Comments will not be posted if they are insulting, offensive, harmful or break the law. And you could be suspended or banned from commenting if you break our House Rules.

At busy times, there may be delays posting comments. Our moderators work across a range of stories, so comments are not necessarily published in the order they are received. Comments will be closed once the debate wanes, or it moves off-topic. Comments will not be open on all stories.

And, remember this is a public space. What you say can be viewed by others - be safe and don't post personal details about yourself or others.

The Rules

Lively debate is encouraged but please be courteous and respect other viewpoints.

Keep it relevant. Off-topic comments won't be published.

Please don't swear, shout or use threatening language. Don't make comments that are discriminatory on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual preference or disability. Your comments must not contain defamatory, obscene, pornographic, or otherwise illegal material. Don't use derogatory or misogynistic nicknames.

Please don't spread misinformation.

The best way to get your voice heard is to make your point well. Repeatedly submitting your comments (what we call flooding) won’t get you a response. Flooding is akin to spam - and we won't publish that either.

Don’t break the law by submitting defamatory comments, or anything that breaches any court orders or injunctions.

We won't publish links, Gifs, pictures or videos in our comment streams. Needless to say, any links to explicit content won't be published.

Commenters must do so under their real names - no nicknames will be accepted. This is to encourage authentic, on-topic debate.

Don't try to slip in some free advertising. This isn't the place for that.

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The content posted by readers on this site does not reflect the Herald’s views or opinions, or those of Herald staff.

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