Independent Reference Group

The general function of the Independent Reference Group is to maintain oversight of the operation of the Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System to ensure it is operated with integrity and adheres to the principles set down in the Code of Practice.

The Department established an Independent Reference Group (IRG). The Department aim for , the membership of the IRG to be of which is representative of enforcement agencies, the Office of Film and Literature Classification Office, representatives for Internet Service Providers, Internet usersagencies and groups with an interest in internet safety, and agencies and community groups with an interest in the welfare of children and/or the prevention of sexual abuse, and agencies and groups with an interest in the preservation of human rights.

If you wish to be considered for membership, please contact:

Members of the IRG

  • Clare Dobson - Programme Manager, The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum
  • India Craddock - Office of the Children’s Commissioner
  • Leela Gantman - Corporate Relations Director, Spark
  • Ramona Tiatia - IT Research and Development Manager, WellStop Southern
  • Rupert Ablett-Hampson - Deputy Chief Censor, The Classification Office
  • Sandy Brown - Acting Chief Strategy Officer, The Network for Learning Ltd
  • Tim Houston - Manager Digital Child Exploitation, Department of Internal Affairs
  • Warren Shera - Head of Security & Customer Delivery, Vodafone

Meeting minutes and briefing documents

June 2022

March 2022

November 2021

July 2021

April 2021

November 2020

November 2019

March 2019

Due to operational reasons associated with the events of 15th March 2019, and the resulting number of absences amongst the Independent Reference Group (IRG) members it was decided to postpone the March meeting of the IRG.

June and July 2018

April 2018

December 2017

July 2017

February 2017

August 2015

May 2015

November 2014

March 2014

December 2013

June 2013

December 2012

April 2012

December 2011

August 2011

April 2011

March 2011

October 2010

February 2010

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