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Youth Advisory Panel

This page outlines the OFLC's Youth Advisory Panel, who provide guidance, from a youth perspective, to the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

The Youth Advisory panel is a diverse group of young people between the ages of 16-19 who provide a youth voice on media in New Zealand. Meetings are held once a month and are around two hours long. During the meetings, panel members express their views and perspectives on issues to do with potential media harms that impact on young people in New Zealand and the way the Classification Office responds to those issues. After a robust discussion, the panel members brainstorm what potential tangible outcomes could look like.

Some of their most recent work has been:

  • Depictions of sex in teen media: The panel talked about representations of sex in films and shows that are aimed at teenagers such as Blockers, Riverdale, and Lady Bird. They discussed what potential harms might be, and whether the harms we identified were still relevant concerns. They also discussed the language that the Classification Office uses in its descriptive notes around sexual and sexually violent content.
  • Ethical practice in media research: The panel discussed whether the office should be requiring parental consent for teenage participants in our upcoming research on pornography. A summary of the discussion that followed was presented to an ethics committee and will be featured in our report for the research.
  • Classification work: We regularly invite panel members to join us during classification assessments of upcoming feature films. Recently they helped with the classification of Boy Erased, Good Boys, and Booksmart. Their discussion is summarised in the classification decisions for those films.

The Youth Advisory Panel is an integral part of the Classification Office given the fast-moving media landscape, and they help us shape our direction of travel within a modern context.

We invited the members of the Youth Advisory Panel to share a little bit about themselves for the website.

Our members:

A.J.

A.J.

Hello my name is A.J. and I am currently a Year 13 Student at Tawa College. I enjoy films, politics, video games, Esports and reading. I took the opportunity to join the Youth Advisory Panel because I am passionate about participating in discussions around the New Zealand Youth. In addition, also being a part of a fantastic group of young New Zealanders who are committed in representing the NZ Youth's interests and opinions in areas that lack young representation and perspectives.

Alexi

Alexi

Hi my name is Alexi and I’m a Year 12 student at Wellington College. I decided to join the panel so I could take part in interesting discussions that are about young people and be exposed to a diverse range of perspectives. I have a passion for film and drama and I also love playing tennis in my spare time.

Alma

Alma

Marhaba, Hello!

I'm Alma, a Syrian high school student living in Wellington. English is my second language so I apologise for any grammatical errors in advance.

Emma

I'm Emma, I joined the panel because I love having progressive conversations around real issues that concern young people. I am a feminist and love politics.

Isaac

Isaac

Kia Ora, Isaac here.

I’m an overly enthusiastic acting and performance geek, absolute master of procrastinating homework, and love finding new ways to critique, analyse and deconstruct matters encompassing New Zealand generations of youth. I’m super grateful to be involved with the inner workings and impacts of our media - it’s a real privilege.

Julian

Julian

Hi I'm Julian and I'm one of the members on the youth advisory panel. I enjoy travelling, 3d modeling, jump rope, making films and watching them which led me to joining the panel. In my spare time you'll often find me out and about with mates or behind the computer working away at a new 3d model. Having the opportunity to see the behind the scenes of New Zealand's media is so interesting and being given the chance to influence how we monitor our media is such a privilege.

Kaya

Kaya

Kia Ora

Ko Kaya taku ingoa. I have a love for binging Netflix and I joined OFLC to show that I could bring an abstract opinion on important matters within our countries media and television. I have a passion for representing Māori youth and I've had the best time being a part of the first youth panel for the OFLC. I feel that being my age I am exposed to a lot of things that adults may not necessarily experience being in a different generation and it's always nice to educate others on something that is my everyday. Working with the OFLC has created a place of belonging in a different place of society that I never thought I would find myself being a part of, and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Kim

Kim

I am a music producer, acoustic musician, binge watcher and game freak. I joined because it seemed interesting and I enjoy expressing my view on controversial topics.

Liv

Liv

Hello! My name is Liv, and I am currently in my gap year before I study in Wellington. I'm passionate about all things human and animal rights. My main interests are to do with film and theatre - whether it be analysing or creating. I joined the panel because I enjoy discussing media censorship, and want to expose myself to new ideas. 

Lulu

Lulu

Hi, my name is Lulu. I am a student from the Hutt Valley and I absolutely love theatre and the performing arts. When I heard about the panel I applied immediately because I have a strong interest in issues impacting young people and I’m passionate about making sure young people have a voice in the community.

Nav

My name is Navpreet, I’m 18 years old and I’m a member of the OFLC Youth Advisory Group. I joined the group as the idea of bringing young peoples thoughts to the table about the classifications on movies and TV shows and what is right and what is wrong. In 2019 I am at Victoria University to study a Bachelors in Biomedical Science. I also played football and played for the Aotea College Football First XI for 3 years.

Puhi

Puhi

I'm year 13 at WEGC, I've been doing Media Studies for the past 2 years and I loove all kinds of movies from foreign movies with only subtitles to gory horrors. My media studies teacher made me aware of the OFLC youth panel and I decided to apply, because I thought it would be really fun to be personally involved in all the bts processes of movies in NZ.

Robbie

Robbie

I am a yr 13 student currently studying at Rongotai College. At school my favourite subjects are Physics, Design and Visual Communication and Media Studies. I love mountain biking, snowboarding and croquet. In the future I plan to study either Architecture or Engineering at a university somewhere in New Zealand.

Interested in joining?

If you are between the ages of 16-19, live in the Wellington region, and are interested in being a part of the panel in the future, please email us at YouthAdvisoryPanel@classificationoffice.govt.nz and we'll be in touch, or you can fill out our online application form here.