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Terms of Use

Use of: http://chasingaplate.com / “Chasing a Plate” / Chasing a Plate also referred to in this document as ‘the website’

This policy is valid from 1 January 2015.

The reading of all information on chasingaplate.com is of your own free will. If you do not accept these Terms and Conditions, you should cease use of this website immediately.

We reserve the right to change any of these Terms and Conditions at any given time on this website.

Even though we work hard to provide you with up-to-date information, we make no representations or warranties of any kind (expressed or implied) about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability of any information, products, services or related graphics contained on Chasing a Plate for any purpose.

In particular when it comes to current prices, addresses, opening hours, phone numbers, travel information and website addresses, we advise you to double check and be certain of these details.

We aim to provide you with accurate information at the time of publishing, but some information will understandably be less accurate as time passes. Should you find any inaccurate information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  1. Users

The navigation and utilization of the website www.chasingaplate.com, including the acquisition of any of the services offered on this webpage, is attributed to the user under the conditions of this notice. The user accepts completely and without any reservations all and each one of the General Conditions in force at the moment, as well as the Specific Conditions that, in any case, complement, modify or replace the general conditions in relation to certain services and contents of the website.

Chasing a Plate, reserves the right to modify at any moment and without previous notice both the General Conditions and the Specific Conditions by means of the publication of the said modifications on the website with the purpose of it being known by the User before acquiring one of the services offered in the website.

  1. Use of the website, its contents and its services

The User is committed to use the website, its contents and its services in agreement with the legislation in force, the good and moral customs generally accepted by public order. Furthermore, the use of the website for illegal purpose is forbidden, damaging Chasing a Plate or any other third party, or that somehow could damage, make useless or deteriorate the website or the server where is hosted, or impede its normal functioning is forbidden.

It is forbidden to reproduce, distribute or modify the contents of the website unless there is an authorisation from its legal owners or it is legally allowed. Furthermore, it is forbidden to violate Chasing a Plate’s rights or its legal owners’ rights. The use of the website for commercial or advertising purposes different from the ones strictly permitted is forbidden.

  1. Hyperlinks

In the case of establishing an “hyperlink” between a website and any of the pages of the website of Chasing a Plate, it is mandatory to fulfill the following conditions:

–the total or partial reproduction of neither the services or the contents of the website of Chasing a Plate is allowed.

– Under no circumstances is Chasing a Plate responsible for the contents or the services displayed in the website where the “hyperlink” was inserted.

– Chasing a Plate inserts some links to other websites that offer information to the Users. Chasing a Plate does not guarantee that the information included in these websites is exact and it is updated, so that it declines any responsibility for mistakes and omissions.

  1. Intellectual property

All the trademarks, commercial names or any other distinctive signs that appear in the website are owned by Chasing a Plate or others that, in their case, have authorised Chasing a Plate their inclusion in the website. All the rights of intellectual property of this website are legally reserved, and the use of the website by a User does not imply the granting of any license of use or right on any material that is owned by Chasing a Plate.

The reproduction or use of the trademarks, commercial names or any other distinctive signs, including the website, of Chasing a Plate, is prohibited and it will be prosecuted, according to the applicable national and international legislation.

  1. Exclusion of responsibilities and guarantees

The utilisation of this website by the User/Client, besides the acquisition of the offered services, is your responsibility. Regarding the contents of the website, Chasing a Plate does not guarantee neither its accuracy, nor its updating, nor its utility for the purposes of the User/Client, nor its availability in a given moment, and it is not responsible for any damage or loss caused by the access and utilisation of the mentioned contents.

Furthermore, Chasing a Plate is free of any responsibility for damage and loss that could happen for these reasons (without limiting exclusively to them):

– The presence of virus or other damaging elements in this website or others that can be accessed by inserted links.

– Any breakdown or incident of the computer equipments of the Users or Internet, produced by external causes non related to Chasing a Plate.

– Illegitimate interferences by third parties non attributable to Chasing a Plate.

– The illegal use of this website, opposite to the General Conditions in force and the good and moral customs generally accepted by public order.

– Chasing a Plate does not guarantee that users will make an income from the advice given. Chasing a Plate is purely for educational purposes and take no responsibility in the outcome of the users business.

  1. Unilateral modification and termination of the website

Chasing a Plate reserves the right modify unilaterally, at any moment and without previous notice, the structure and contents of the website, as well as the conditions to use the website.

Chasing a Plate reserves the right to change the focus of our blog, to shut it down, to sell it, or to change the terms of use (go to a paid platform) at our discretion.

Furthermore, Chasing a Plate can eliminate or shut down, at any moment and without previous notice, all or part of the services offered in the website.

  1. Applicable legislation and jurisdiction

The present General Conditions and the Specific Conditions, that in their case, were established, will be ruled by New Zealand legislation. Chasing a Plate and the User are subjected to the Jurisdiction of the Courts of New Zealand, where the registered office of the company is located, for any action originated by the provision of the services of the website.

  1. Affiliate Sales

Some links on the pages of chasingaplate.com may earn us revenue if clicked, or if products are purchased following the clicking of links.

  1. Application of material

Results of using content of this website may vary. We accept no responsibility or liability for financial gains or losses or any resulting legal action or other actions that may occur as a result of using the information on chasingaplate.com

  1. Copyright Policy

Unless otherwise noted, We (Thomas Southam and Sheena Southam from Chasing a Plate) are the legal copyright holder of all (written, multimedia and graphic) material on this website and it may not be used, reprinted, (partially) modified or published without our written consent. A link to chasingaplate.com and/or our YouTube channel must appear in all copies of any artwork or content, including articles, press releases, photographs and videos (including portions/snippets of any video).

Guest bloggers and other contributors to Chasing a Plate are responsible for their own submitted material on the website and have to ensure that their work complies with national and relevant foreign, comical-, attraction- and gravitational laws. The opinions expressed by any Third Parties are their own and do not represent the position or belief of chasingaplate.com

  1. Hold Harmless

All the information provided on chasingaplate.com is for general information and entertainment purposes only and is the expressed opinion of ourselves, Thomas & Sheena(‘Chasing a Plate‘) and not others. This includes (but is not limited to) our membership organisations and/or employers.

We are not providing any medical, legal, professional advice. You are taking all the provided information at your own risk. Please contact your local hospital, jurist, emergency service, bar association, phone book or Google to find or obtain a referral to a competent professional.

Under no circumstances will we be liable for any loss or damage (including without limitation indirect or consequential loss or damage) or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of this website.

Although we try to keep chasingaplate.com running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, access to the site may be temporarily or permanently suspended and without notice at my own discretion, due to possible updates or technical issues beyond our control. We will not be liable if for any reason the website is unavailable at any time or for any period of time. We will try to get the website back online as soon as possible.

  1. Reserve Rights

We, Thomas Southam and Sheena Southam from Chasing a Plate, reserve the right to change the focus of the blog, to shut it down, sell it, change the terms of use (go to a paid platform) at our own discretion.

We also reserve the rights to edit or delete any comments submitted to chasingaplate.com without notice due to: comments deemed to be spam or questionable spam, comments including profanity, comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive, comments that attack a group or person individually.

  1. Advertisers and Sponsors

We are not responsible for the actions of our advertisers or sponsors. If you purchase a product or service based upon a link from our website, you must take action with that company to resolve any issues, not Chasing a Plate.

Any product, claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. Just because we loved something – doesn’t mean you will too.

To help the website expand, to cover costs of running the site, some advertising and affiliate links are run on our website. Affiliate links earn us a small commission on any purchases made when visiting Amazon or our other affiliate partners after clicking on one of these links. We will do our absolute best to only provide you with information about (food and travel) products that we truly believe in. We will never take your trust for granted. All reviews on our website will be presented honestly.

  1. Letters to the Editor

Any letters, e-mails, blog comments, responses on Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter, or questions written directly to us may be used to share with our blogging and YouTube audience unless specifically requested otherwise. (Part of) these letters or emails, questions or any other feedback may be used in newsletters, blog posts, columns, videos or up-and-coming books.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog or website?

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address or other details to help you with your experience.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you subscribe to a newsletter, respond to a survey, fill out a form or enter information on our site or provide us with feedback on our products or services

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you subscribe to a newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, use the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.
  • To improve our website in order to better serve you.
  • To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.
  • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
  • To quickly process your transactions.
  • To ask for ratings and reviews of services or products
  • To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)

How do we protect your information?

We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards.

We use regular Malware Scanning.

We do not use an SSL certificate

  • We do not need an SSL because:

We do not collect credit card details. Input of your email address or name is at your own risk. We take no responsibility for this data being intercepeted.

Do we use ‘cookies’?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We use cookies to:

  • Understand and save user’s preferences for future visits.
  • Keep track of advertisements.
  • Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since each browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you turn cookies off, some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.

Third-party disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety.

However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. – See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

Users can visit our site anonymously.

Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.

Our Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page specified above.

You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes:

  • On our Privacy Policy Page

Can change your personal information:

  • By emailing us
  • By logging in to your account

How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?

We honour Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does our site allow third-party behavioural tracking?

It’s also important to note that we allow third-party behavioural tracking

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.

Do we let third-parties, including ad networks or plug-ins collect PII from children under 13?

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:

We will notify you via email

  • Within 7 business days

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

CAN SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:

  • Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
  • Send you additional information related to your product and/or service
  • Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:

  • Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
  • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
  • Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
  • Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
  • Honour opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
  • Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.


If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at

  • Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email.

and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Disclaimer

This is a personal blog and all opinions are our own. Chasing a Plate maintains total discretion and control over the content of this blog.

Sometimes we get invited to attend events, receive meals, stay at accommodation or are given products to sample on a complimentary or discounted basis. These arrangements will always be disclosed.  Gifted products will not be returned.

Chasing a Plate does not guarantee positive editorial, coverage nor the level of coverage on the blog or via our social media outlets as we only post about experiences, businesses and brands that we love and that we think will appeal to our readers.

Sponsored posts, those written for a financial incentive will always be disclosed. Chasing a Plate will only use personal information for the purpose it was collected and it will not be passed on to any other third parties.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, terms of use or disclaimer you may contact us using the information below.

Chasing a Plate Limited

35 Boyd Avenue
Royal Oak
Auckland
New Zealand

chasingaplate@gmail.com

Thank you so much for visiting our website we hope you enjoy using it to create your own food and travel adventures!

Thomas & Sheena

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