In March 2015 members of the public raised concerns regarding the availability of the book To Train Up A Child in an Auckland Library.
Under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 books are not required to be classified before they are supplied to the public. However, members of the public can seek the leave of the Chief Censor to have a book examined and classified. This is what happened in the case of To Train Up a Child.
Date registered: 31/08/2015
Books are classified using the legal criteria set out in the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993. This is the same criteria applied to films, games and other publications.
After reading the book in its entirety, consulting with experts, and applying the legal classification criteria, the Classification Office classified To Train Up A Child as Unrestricted. This classification means that the book can legally be made available to any person.
Contact the Information Unit if you require further information on a classification decision.