It's My Life: Terms and Conditions


Below you’ll find the terms and conditions from the It’s My Life national competition that was run in 2013. We’re keeping them here just as an archival record for anyone who entered that competition.

If you’re currently part of the next phase of the project, i.e. starting your own youth smokefree advocacy group in your school or community, you might find these T&Cs offer some general background principles for things to think about but you’ll need to consult with your school or community group leaders for any specific expectations they have of you. You can also chat with your It’s My Life mentor for suggestions and guidance, but your mentor won’t directly govern your use of your It’s My Life seed funding –we trust young people to be amazing (as this project has proven!) so if you’ve been successfully funded now it’s over to you to use it wisely to make a difference and save some lives.


By entering this competition, you are acknowledging that you understand and agree to the following.  If you do not agree to any of the following, please do not enter.
These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of New Zealand.  You agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New Zealand.
Massey University may change these terms from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

The ‘It’s My Life’ competition is hosted by Massey University (‘the Administrators’) with the support of the Pathway to Smokefree New Zealand 2025 Innovation Fund.  The competition is open to New Zealand-resident individuals and teams aged 12-24 to submit innovative online content (videos, posters or apps) that engage with the idea that resisting or quitting smoking is self-empowerment.  The ‘It’s My Life’ theme of the competition asks entrants to design materials that encourage young people to reject the manipulative marketing of ‘Big Tobacco’ and take control over their own life.  The focus should not be on correcting ‘bad behaviour’ in youth who smoke, but on helping youth feel empowered to resist and reject the ‘bad behaviour’ of adults who profit from smoking.  Tobacco company documents show tobacco marketing has deliberately encouraged young people to ‘rebel’ by associating smoking with freedom: this competition asks for entries that encourage rebellion against that marketing by encouraging freedom from corporate manipulation. 
Online content may include, for example, quit strategies such as a game or motivation tool, uptake prevention ideas such as innovative ways to refuse an offered cigarette, or overall smokefree lifestyle messages that respond to the theme of ‘It’s my life’.   Judging criteria are: relevance to youth audience; potential impact on smoking attitudes or behaviours; creativity and originality; and potential for further development as a functional communication or educational tool. Prizes will be awarded to individuals and teams in intermediate school, high school, tertiary, Māori youth, Pasifika youth and community group classifications for the best entries according to the above criteria, regardless of whether such entries are a video, poster or app.

The Competition is open to residents of New Zealand who are aged between 12 and 24 years at the time of entry (or teams of eligible individuals). Submitting an entry constitutes contestants’ full and unconditional agreement to these terms and conditions and to judges’ decisions, which are final. Submitting an entry constitutes agreement that the entry can be displayed publicly, including online, and will be made available to the public for voting.

Competition Submission Period
The competition opens for entries on November 1, 2013 at 9am and closes for entries on December 31, 2013, at 5.00pm.  Public voting on entries will remain open until February 28, 2014, 5.00pm.

How to Enter and Submission Requirements
To enter: During the competition submission period, visit the ‘It’s My Life’ website, (“the Website”) and complete the online submission form.  Entry is free.  If you are aged under 18, entry requires the emailed consent of a parent, teacher or legal guardian.
Information submitted in your entry form must be complete and accurate. By submitting your entry you are warranting that all such information is true, accurate, current and complete.
Contestants may only enter more than once if each entry is unique.  The same content may not be entered into different categories.

Submission Requirements:

Submissions remain the property of the entrants but must be made available free of charge to the public throughout the competition and for twenty four (24) months after the announcement of winners.
Submissions must be able to be uploaded to the Website and accessed by the public and judges for voting and review.  Any functionality must be compatible with the Website parameters.
Once an entry is submitted, a contestant cannot make any changes or alterations to it until the judging is complete.
Submissions must be original, be the work of the submitting individual or team, and must not violate the rights of other parties, including the right to privacy.
Submissions containing any material or information which, in the sole discretion of the Administrators and judges, is illegal, obscene, threatening, inflammatory, objectionable, invasive of privacy, infringes any intellectual property rights, is otherwise injurious to third parties, contains messaging that is inconsistent with the aims of the Pathway to Smokefree New Zealand 2025 Innovation Fund, or which adversely affects the reputation of the competition or its Administrators will not be accepted. If the Administrator or judges, in their discretion, at any time find any submission to be unacceptable, then such submission shall be deemed disqualified. Each contestant warrants, to the best of its knowledge, that he/she or they is/are the author and owner(s) of their submission, that their submission is wholly original, that it does not infringe any copyright or any other rights of any third party, is not defamatory, and is free of malware.
Each contestant grants to Massey University and the New Zealand Ministry of Health a royalty-free non-exclusive worldwide license to use, copy for use, perform publicly, display publicly, their submission for the purpose of the competition and competition publicity, for the duration of the competition and twenty four (24) months after the announcement of winners. This license includes posting the submission on the official ‘It’s My Life’ and Massey University websites, partner websites, making it available for use by the public, and supplying it to media outlets.

As a minimum, there are cash prizes totalling $10,800.00.  These will be allocated across six entrant categories: intermediate school student, high school student, tertiary student, Māori youth entrant, Pasifika youth entrant, and community youth group entrant, as per the table below.   The total prize purse may increase, at the sole discretion of the competition organisers, with the addition of sponsored product prizes or spot prizes, but will not decrease. Any additional prizes will be advised on the Website (see prizes).



Winners will be announced and prizes presented at ‘Smokefree Summit’ events held in Wellington, Auckland and Palmerston North in March, 2014.

Winners will be invited to attend these events and may do so at their discretion.  Attending a summit is not a condition of being awarded a prize, which will be made available by other means if a winner is unable to attend one of the three awards events.  Any winner who is a minor must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian to the event.
After prizes are awarded and the competition is completed, the competition organisers and judges may, with a contestant’s approval, independently consider further developing winning submissions for educational, commercial, or other purposes.

Participation in the competition constitutes winners’ consent to use of their entry, name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

Website disclaimer
The information contained in the Website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by the Administrators and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the Website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the Website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
In no event 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.
Through this Website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of the Administrator. The Administrators have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.
The Administrators will use reasonable efforts to keep the Website up and running smoothly. However, the Administrators take no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the Website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond the Administrators’ control.

Intellectual Property
The Administrator (or its licensors) holds all copyright and intellectual property rights in the Website and the information on this Website (except as expressly stated otherwise) and reserves all such rights.  All trademarks on this Website are registered or unregistered trademarks of the Administrator or others and are the property of their respective owners.  Nothing contained in this Website is to be construed as granting any licence in respect of any trademark. 
Reproduction and fair use of any of the material contained on the Website for your own personal, non-commercial use is welcomed provided that all copyright notices are kept intact and you acknowledge the source of the material.
You may download content from the Website for your personal or internal use only. You may not commercially exploit this site or its contents.

General Conditions
The administrators reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the competition, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond the Administrators’ reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the competition.

Privacy Policy
The Administrators take privacy seriously. Accordingly, the Administrators have developed this policy in order for contestants to understand how the Administrators collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines the privacy policy:
Before or at the time of collecting personal information, the Administrators will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
The Administrators’ collection and use of personal information is solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified and for other compatible purposes, unless the Administrators obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
The Administrators will only retain personal information for as long as necessary for the fulfilment of those purposes.
The Administrators will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
The Administrators will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
The Administrators will make readily available to contestants information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.
The Administrators are committed to conducting this competition in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.

By entering, each contestant agrees to:

A) comply with and be bound by these terms and conditions and the decisions of the competition Administrators and/or judges;

B) release and hold harmless the sponsors, Administrators, and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated organisations, the prize suppliers and any other organisations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the competition, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Released Parties") from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability; and

C) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Administrators and other Released Parties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities arising out of or relating to a contestant's participation in the competition and/or contestant's acceptance, use or misuse of a prize.