Prevention of Online Harms

Classification labels

New Zealand is committed to minimising online harms. The Digital Safety Group at Department of Internal Affairs responds to violent extremist content and child sexual abuse material online.

Internal Affairs' Digital Child Exploitation Inspectors work with local and overseas agencies swapping intelligence about people using the Internet to share objectionable material. Our Inspectors have the expertise to track down and catch offenders.

Digital Violent Extremism Investigators respond to content that promotes or encourages violent extremism and where necessary work with online content hosts to have such material removed.

If you are concerned that you have seen something that is objectionable under the Film, Videos and Publication Classification Act 1993, please report it using our online form:

Report harmful content *

* If you have come across or been sent either the livestream video or manifesto related to the recent mass shooting in Buffalo please report it here – it is illegal to share content which has been classified as “objectionable” (16 May 2022).

Countering violent extremism online
Consultation: Standardising classification for commercial video on-demand content
Support and helpline services if you or someone you know has viewed the 15 March 2019 Christchurch video