Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.ourthrivingcity.co.nz.

Information Automatically Logged

Visitor statistics (Matomo)

This website uses a web analytics tool called Matomo to help us analyse how visitors use the site. This tools use ‘cookies’ (see cookies below), which are text files placed on your computer by your internet browser, to facilitate the collection of standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form.

The information about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to our own server only. This information is then used to evaluate visitors use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for Our Thriving City. We will never (and will not allow any third party) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any personally identifiable information of visitors to our site. The Web Analytics vendors do not associate your IP address with any other data held by them. Neither we nor the web analytics Vendors will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form (contact form and similar) on our website.


The information stored by the cookie is a unique user id that helps us to identify returning visitors.

We may also store another cookie on your system that contains information about your selected colour theme (dark/light) if you decide to click on the theme selector icon. Should you not choose a theme, our website will try to detect your system settings and apply a theme automatically without storing a cookie.

Disabling and enabling cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings on your browser.

If you are unsure how to dis- or enable cookies in your browser, please consult your browser help pages or search the internet.

Cookies used by this site


This cookie is set by the litespeed cache wordpress plugin for Litespeed Server and allows the server to store settings to help improve performance of the site.

Expires typically within a month and does not store any user-idetifyable information but helps speeding up the website by enabling enhanced caching for litespeed.


This cookie is set by the Matomo analytics plugin, see above.

Expires typically within 13 months and contains a randomly generated visitor id to identify you as a returning visitor within that timeframe.

It helps us to determine how often visitors return to our site or whether visitors are a one-off. As it is randomly generated, it contains no user-identifyable information.


This cookie is set by the Matomo analytics plugin, see above.

Expires typically within 30 minutes and contains a randomly generated session number that helps us identifying what pages within a certain timeframe a visitor visits. This in turn helps us improve our pages for our audience.

It contains no user-identifyable information.

Works in tandem with the above cookie and in lay words means something “A visitor visited last three months ago and this time visited pages x, y and z in that order”.

Information logged for logged in user actions


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.