The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation

 

Other agencies' roles

The Office of Film and Literature Classification

The Office of Film and Literature Classification classifies films, videos, and publications. This may include cutting films and videos.

If you are concerned that something you have seen should be classified, then you should contact the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

The Office of Film and Literature Classification provides online information for people who do not speak English as their first language. Information in 20 languages and scripts is now available.

The Film and Video Labelling Body

Unlabelled films and videos first pass though the hands of the Film and Video Labelling Body.

Made up of industry and community representatives, the Labelling Body is guided by the classifications given elsewhere in the world.

Under the regulations, Australian classifications are used as a guide, with some lesser use made of British classifications. Those films and videos which the Labelling Body believes warrant a restricted classification (the most common restrictions are R16 and R18) are passed on to the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

New Zealand Police

The New Zealand Police may be called on to enforce the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act.

All Police are Inspectors of Publications.

OCEANZ is a specialist team within the Police proactively working to save children in New Zealand as part of a Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) focused on child exploitation.

The squad:

  • coordinates international operations into online paedophile networks;
  • dentifies child sexual offenders by electronically patrolling social network websites; and
  • targets New Zealand child exploitation sites, including those producing images and abuse for financial gain, in an effort to identify and rescue victims, as well as recovering proceeds of crime gathers intelligence for sharing with District-based child exploitation squads, the Department of Internal Affairs, Customs, and international partners.

New Zealand Customs Service

The New Zealand Customs Service is the first line of defence against objectionable publications entering New Zealand.

‚ÄčAny material or publication which might be considered objectionable must be declared on arrival in New Zealand.

The definition of publication includes – but is not limited to – films, videos, computer games, DVDs, CD-ROMs, books, posters, music recordings, magazines, photographs, paintings, t-shirts and computer files.

A publication is objectionable if it describes, depicts, expresses or otherwise deals with matters such as sex, horror, crime, cruelty or violence in such a manner that the availability of the publication is likely to be injurious to the public good.

Objectionable publications are prohibited imports and will be seized.

Film and Literature Board of Review

If the person who originally submitted the film, video or publication for classification disagrees with the classification, then he or she can appeal to the Film and Literature Board of Review.

Similarly, any member of the public who disagrees with a classification can ask the Secretary for Internal Affairs for leave to submit the publication to the Film and Literature Board of Review for re-examination.

Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice administers the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993, while the Department of Internal Affairs enforces it.

The Ministry also provides strategic and policy advice across the justice sector.

'Protecting Our Innocence' report

The 'Protecting Our Innocence' report, published by the Ministry of Justice in February 2002, provides a comprehensive examination of the four main activities that exploit children for their commercial value: child prostitution, child pornography, child sex tourism and child trafficking for sexual purposes. It also details some of the laws, social policies, administrative measures and programmes that have been developed to respond to child abuse and exploitation in general.