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Statistics and corporate documents from the Classification Office

This page outlines some key classification statistics from the past financial year. You can also download copies of official documents such as our Annual Reports and Statements of Intent.

As a provider of an important public service, the Classification Office is accountable to the New Zealand public. The following corporate documents contain detailed information about our operation, performance, and outlook for the years ahead.

A high level of transparency and engagement with the New Zealand public is essential to our work. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the information and documents we have provided.

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Key statistics from 2014, 2015 and 2016 Annual Reports

The charts below illustrate some key statistics for the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16. Annual Reports are tabled in Parliament around November each year.

Classifications assigned in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 - all mediums

This chart shows that the most common classification in the last three financial years was R16. This chart includes classifications in all mediums, such as films, games, computer files and other material.

Classifications all mediums 2015-16

Chart showing all classifications assigned in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16
*does not include advertising associated with films and games

Objectionable classifications by medium (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16)

Along with films, DVDs and Games, the Classification Office classifies a variety of material, including computer files submitted by officials. The chart below shows that computer files make up the great majority of material banned by the Classification Office. Most of these publications were banned for tending to promote or support the sexual exploitation of children and young people.

Chart showing objectionable classifications by medium

Chart showing objectionable classifications by medium

Annual Reports (2011-2016)

Annual Reports for a financial year (July 1 - June 30) are available in November each year, once they have been tabled in Parliament.

Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Internal Affairs (October 2014)

When a new Minister of Internal Affairs is appointed, the Classification Office provides a briefing which outlines who we are and what we do, how we have been operating, and other important information of use to the Minister.

Submission to the 2004 Inquiry into Hate Speech

As part of an Inquiry into Hate Speech in 2004, the Classification Office submitted that 'current New Zealand legislation does not specifically or effectively address "hate speech"', and that 'the extent to which a publication is hate speech should be a matter that is relevant to [a film, game, or other publication's] classification if Parliament decides that legislation providing for civil or criminal remedies is necessary or desirable.'