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About Zero Data
For some New Zealanders, the cost of mobile data can be a barrier to accessing essential health and wellbeing information and digital health services. Those who cannot access information and services often have the highest needs.
Zero Data removes this barrier by providing free access to key health sector websites accessed through the www.zero.govt.nz website for anyone using the Spark, Skinny, Vodafone, 2degrees, Warehouse Mobile, Slingshot or Orcon mobile networks.
All mobile data charges for content accessed through this portal are automatically charged back to Te Whatu Ora. This ensures Kiwis won’t incur mobile data charges when they access essential health information and resources. Zero Data is a joint initiative with a number agencies, including ACC, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Justice, Kāinga Ora, the Ministry of Social Development and the Department of Internal Affairs.
Using and joining Zero Data
How to access a sponsored website
If your mobile phone is connected to the Spark, Skinny, Vodafone, 2degrees, Warehouse Mobile, Slingshot or Orcon networks, all you need to do is visit www.zero.govt.nz and navigate using the tiles. Most health information is located within the Health (Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand) section.
The kinds of content you can access
The focus of Zero Data is on websites that provide key health information, support your mental health and wellbeing, or allow you to access digital health services.
All content on a website accessed through Zero Data is free to access from your mobile device if you are connected to a participating mobile network. Please note that there may be some limitations where websites include content from, or links to other websites – this is to ensure that only approved content is accessed through the portal.
Visit the zero.govt.nz website to see participating agencies, and health websites.
Getting your website on the list
In early 2023, websites which were on the Sponsored Data program will be transitioned to Zero Data. Once this process is completed, new websites will be added in a structured way to ensure relevant health information and resources are made broadly available to the target audience.
If you're interested in being in the programme,contact us at email@example.com.