This page outlines the Classification Office's Youth Advisory Panel, who provide us with guidance from a youth perspective.
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:
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.
Hello my name is A.J. and I am currently studying at Vic. 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.
Hi my name is Alexi and I’m a 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.
Hi, I’m Chelsea, a passionate (amateur) filmmaker and slightly nerdy chemistry student, currently in my final year at Newlands College. I love being a part of this youth panel because it offers so many opportunities. Not only does it grant us a backstage pass to see the inner workings of monitoring New Zealand’s media, but it also allows us to have in depth discussions about the issues impacting young people and their representation within this country. I’m so grateful to be a part of this panel and be made aware of so many different perspectives from the people in it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello! My name is Liv, and I'm studying at Toi Whakaari. 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.
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.