This transparency statement is published in accordance with the Standards for Information Gathering and Public Trust, issued by the State Services Commission. It explains why and how the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) collects, uses, and shares information gathered (directly or indirectly) about members of the public or other entities.

TAIC’s principal purpose is to determine the circumstances and causes of certain aviation, rail, and maritime accidents and incidents, with a view to avoiding similar occurrences in the future, rather than to ascribe blame to any person.

TAIC acts in accordance with its powers under the Transport Accident Investigation Commission Act 1990 (the TAIC Act), and its obligations under the State Services Commission’s Code of Conduct, the Privacy Act 1993, the Official Information Act 1982, and the Public Records Act 2005. All records are held securely at TAIC’s premises.   

TAIC gathers information only for the purposes of an inquiry or in support of the inquiry process. This includes physical evidence at the site of an accident or incident, and information from personal interviews, documents, and digital sources. TAIC receives most personal information directly from the person concerned. However, sometimes a person may provide TAIC with information about someone else.  

The TAIC Act gives strong confidentiality protections to the information we gather. TAIC may only use information collected under the provisions of the TAIC Act for the inquiry process. It is an offence for inquiry information to be disclosed except in accordance with the Act. If a Commission report refers to an individual, it is by their role and not by name.

TAIC has no law enforcement or regulatory compliance responsibilities, and does not gather any information for these purposes. 

The TAIC website has further information about TAIC’s inquiry processes:

Enquires and complaints 

If you have any questions about our information gathering activities, or believe TAIC has not acted in accordance with this transparency statement, you can contact us at the following address:

Transport Accident Investigation Commission
PO Box 10 323
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Or complete the online Webform at: (please use the drop-down menu to indicate the nature of your communication)