Terms & Conditions

Acceptance of conditions

Please read these terms of use. Use of this website and the information on it will be deemed to be acceptance of these terms.

Timber Unlimited is a project to support the design and construction industry’s use of timber. This website is owned and operated by the New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited (trading as Scion). Scion works closely together with the Wood Processors and Manufacturer’s Association (WPMA), New Zealand Timber Design Society (TDS) and BRANZ in the implementation of Timber Unlimited.  

Scion holds all copyright and intellectual property rights in this website and the information on this website (except as expressly stated otherwise) and reserves all rights.

Site Use Reproduction and fair use of any of the material contained on this site for your own use is welcomed provided that all copyright notices are kept intact and you acknowledge the source of the material.

You may download content from this site for your personal or internal use only. You may not commercially exploit this site or its contents.

User contributions

Any material or information you contribute or post to this site by way of discussion boards or otherwise must not be illegal, obscene, threatening, inflammatory, invasive of privacy, infringe any intellectual property rights or otherwise be injurious to third parties or objectionable. Any such material or information must not contain any software viruses, mass mailings or any form of "spam". Scion may remove or edit any such material or information as it sees fit.

You grant to Scion, free of charge, copyright and intellectual property rights in materials or information contributed or posted to this site by you except as expressly reserved by you. You further grant to Scion, its subsidiaries and any other users of this web site, the right to reproduce and make fair use of such materials or information contributed or posted to this site by you in which you reserve copyright, without compensation to you.


This website is intended for information only. While we have made reasonable endeavours to ensure accuracy of the information set out here, it is not specific to your project, is not intended to be a substitute for specific specialist advice on any matter and should not be relied on for that purpose. Scion is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any information provided on this site and if you choose to access this site and/or use such information, you do so at your own risk. Accordingly, the information set out here is provided without warranties of any kind including accuracy, timeliness or fitness for any particular purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Scion excludes liability for any loss, damage or expense, direct or indirect resulting from any person or organisation's use of or reliance on this website.

User obligations

Information submitted in your registration form must be complete and accurate. By submitting your registration you are warranting that all such information is true, accurate, current and complete.


We collect personal information about you when you visit our websites, engage us, ask us to send you products or publications or when you otherwise interact with us. If you provide personal information to us through this website we will use your personal information:

  • To administer and/or improve our website or services
  • To undertake research or statistical analysis (on an anonymised basis)
  • To comply with our legal obligations
  • Where we have your consent, emailing you updates, event invitations and publications that we think you may interest you
  • To carry out our internal business and administrative purposes

We will hold any personal information received through this website securely and will use that information only for our own business purposes including the activities set out above. You may access that information by request made to our offices and request the correction of any errors in that information.

The Scion website uses Google Analytics and it’s Demographic and Interests reports to monitor web traffic - this service uses cookies to collect anonymous traffic data. As part of this, we will not (and will not allow any third party to) use the Service to track or collect personally identifiable information of Internet users, nor will we (or will we allow any third party to) associate any data gathered from our website(s) (or such third parties' website(s)) with any personally identifying information. We will abide by an appropriate privacy policy and will comply with all applicable laws relating to the collection of information from visitors to our website(s).

You can opt-out of Google Analytics by using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-On.

Site monitoring

Activity on this site may be monitored to ensure that Scion complies with its legal obligations to ensure protection from cyber security threats and to ensure appropriate use. Monitoring may include activity analysis and reporting, and occasional formal auditing. Monitoring may occur through services and software provided by one or more third parties.


This site may contain links to the web sites of other businesses affiliated with Scion or other information. Scion has not examined or evaluated any of these web sites and they may be subject to change without the knowledge of Scion, accordingly is not responsible for your use of any such web sites.


Scion reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or terminate or suspend operation of this website or these conditions of use, with or without notice.

Scion will not be responsible to you or any third parties in respect of any such termination, modification or suspension.


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Governing law

By visiting this site you agree that the laws of New Zealand, without regard to any principles of conflicts of laws, will govern your relationship with Scion. You further agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New Zealand for the purpose of hearing and determining all claims in connection with this site or these terms and conditions.