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Getting a classification decision reviewed

This page explains the two ways you can apply to have a New Zealand classification decision reviewed if you are the owner, maker, publisher, distributor, or original submitter of a film, game or other publication. Information for members of the public seeking a classification decision review can be found in the Public section.

The options are:

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Seeking a review from the Film and Literature Board of Review

The owner, maker, publisher, distributor or whoever submitted the publication for classification has an automatic right of appeal on Classification Office decisions, and can apply for a review by the Film and Literature Board of Review. The application period is limited to 30 working days from the date on which the decision was registered.

To submit a film, game or other publication for review, contact the Secretary of the Board of Review by post or by email to info@dia.govt.nz

The Secretary
Film and Literature Board of Review
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140

The Secretary of the Board of Review will inform you about how to make your application and the required fee.

Find out more about the Film and Literature Board of Review

Seeking a reconsideration by the Classification Office

If a film, game or other publication was classified three or more years ago, and you are the owner, maker, publisher or authorised distributor, you can submit the publication in order to have the original classification reconsidered by the Classification Office. The fee for a reconsideration is the same as the standard classification fee.

You can seek the leave of the Chief Censor to have a classification decision reconsidered before the three years has elapsed if the following applies:

  • The Chief Censor is satisfied there are special circumstances justifying a reconsideration of a film, game or other publication; or
  • In the case of a film, it has been substantially altered since the original decision

Your reconsideration submission should include:

We will contact you about payment of the fee once we have received the submission. The classification process will begin once the fee is paid.

Fees Information Sheet (PDF, 402KB)

For members of the public

If you are not the owner, maker, publisher or authorised distributor, you will need to seek the leave of the Chief Censor to have a classification decision reconsidered.

Info for members of the public seeking a classification decision review