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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.

The Classification Office is accountable to the New Zealand public as a provider of an important public service. 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 2015, 2016 and 2017 Annual Reports

The charts below illustrate some key statistics for the financial years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17. Annual Reports are tabled in Parliament around November each year.

Classifications assigned in 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 - all mediums

This chart includes classifications in all mediums, such as films, games, computer files and other material. The most common classification in the last financial year was 'objectionable', meaning banned. This is a result of a large increase in material being submitted by enforcement agencies. This has coincided with a decrease in commercial submissions. 

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Chart showing all classifications assigned in 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 
*does not include advertising associated with films and games

Objectionable classifications by medium (2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17)

Along with films, DVD/Blu-rays and games, the Classification Office classifies a variety of material, including computer files submitted by enforcement agencies like Customs, Police, and the Department of Internal Affairs. 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 promoting or supporting the sexual exploitation of children and young people.

objectionable classifications by medium 2017

Chart showing objectionable classifications by medium

Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Internal Affairs (2017)

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.'