What are cookies and how are they used?
Cookies are small text files that website stores on a browser when they visit the website to add functionality. A cookie can be used to identify a user’s computer or internet enabled device to the website, or to other third party websites. This allows websites to improve the way they work, such as remembering preferences expressed by a user or tracking a user’s use of a website for statistical analysis.
We, and some of our affiliates and third-party service providers, use different types of cookies. Some are persistent cookies (cookies that remain on your hard drive for an extended period) and some are session ID cookies (cookies that expire when you close your browser).
We also use other tracking technologies like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking beacons” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognise when someone has visited our websites.
Cookies help us to operate our websites and services, to enhance and customise your experience across our websites, to perform analytics and to deliver advertising and marketing that is relevant to you.
There are also cookies set by third parties across our websites and services. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through our websites and services, such as advertising, interactive content, and analytics. They also enable us to use advertising networks to manage our advertising on other websites.
First Party Cookies
Below is a list of cookies that we use on our websites. The types of cookies we use are always changing. Check back regularly to make sure you stay up to date. If you think we have missed a cookie, please let us know.
This first party cookie is a ‘functionality cookie’ which allows the website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced and more personalised features.
Third Party Cookies
These third party cookies are ‘performance cookies’ which enable us to analyse how our visitors use the website and to monitor the performance of the website:
|_ga||2 years||This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.||Performance|
|_gat_UA-146894896-1||1 minute||This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to.||Performance|
|_gid||1 day||This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.||Performance|
How can you control cookies?
You can accept or reject cookies by amending your web browser controls or by accepting or rejecting cookies when presented with that choice when you access our websites.
Please note that disabling cookie support may prevent our websites from functioning properly and you may not be able to fully utilise all their features and services.
Most advertising networks also offer you the option to opt out of targeted advertising. For more info, visit https://www.youronlinechoices.com/
You can manage your cookie settings by following your browser's instructions. Here are some links that might be of assistance:
Microsoft Internet Explorer - https://support.microsoft.com/en-nz/help/17442/windows-internet-e xplorer-delete-manage-cookies