The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation

 

Overview

Censorship legislation

New Zealand's censorship regime is governed by the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993, which was amended by the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Amendment Act 2005.

One of our roles is to make sure that New Zealand's censorship legislation is enforced, and so help protect people from material that is injurious to the public good.

Objectionable publications

The Act makes it an offence to possess or trade in objectionable publications.

Individuals convicted of knowingly trading in objectionable material can be imprisoned for up to 14 years. Convictions for knowingly possessing objectionable material can result in a fine up to $50,000 or a 10 year term of imprisonment.

Make a complaint or express your concern

If you are concerned that something you have seen may be objectionable under the terms of the Film, Videos and Publication Classification Act 1993, please fill in our online Content Complaint Form:

Content Complaint Form

Note: The content complaint form is specifically for offensive material and classification concerns. If you would like to lodge a complaint about spam (unsolicited electronic messages), please fill in the Spam Complaint Form.

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

Internet and website filtering system

An internet and website filtering system to block websites that host child sexual abuse images is available voluntarily to New Zealand Internet Service Providers.

The Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System focuses solely on websites offering clearly objectionable images of child sexual abuse, which is a serious offence for anyone in New Zealand to access.