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Youth Advisory Panel

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:

  • 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 The Girl on the Bridge. 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 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.

Alexi

Alexi

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.

Chelsea

Chelsea

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.

Cody

Cody

Malo e Lelei, ko hoku hingoa ko Cody. I am a committed Scots College student athlete who has aspirations to make a difference in the world. I come from a multicultural background and understand the importance of cultural diversity. I believe in honesty and integrity and live by the following F's: faith, family, focus, future and fun (balance is important). I have a keen interest in engineering, manga, music, sport, education and equality for Māori and Pasifika. I feel very fortunate to have been raised with a strong moral compass and I truly understand the importance of being kind and paying it forward. I'm grateful to the Youth Advisory Council for the opportunity to be in a position to express my views and advocate for youth from all backgrounds especially with something as pivotal as social media and the impacts this has on our generation.

Eden

Eden

Hi there! My name is Eden and I'm currently a student at St Mary's College. I am a complete geek and I like learning about anything to do with computers! I also in my spare time like to make jewellery. The reason I joined the Youth Panel is because I love to have conversations about peoples different opinions on a topic and discussing relevant issues that affect the youth :)

Emma

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.

Hariklia

Hariklia

Hey! I am Hariklia, usually known as the girl with the really hard name to pronounce. I come from Wellington East and am currently a Year 12. I love all things media and science and most would say I nerd out a lot. When I heard about this panel I knew I had to sign up. Not only did I want to meet new people but, the opportunity and the experience sounded incredible. I am so excited to help make change and make important decisions. 

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.

Liv

Liv

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. 

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.

Mosi

Mosi

Mālō e lelei,

Ko hoku hingoa ko Moses (Mosi). I am half Tongan, quarter Kiribati and quarter Chinese and I am a young man of faith.

I was born and raised in Wellington and I am in my final year at Scots College. I decided to join the Panel because I have a passion for young people and I believe that our voices truly hold value. I also love learning about different people and cultures and I am passionate about educating others as well as spreading my own Pasifiki heritage. I love music, creating film as well as studying humanitarian based subjects. I love discussing contemporary events, and with media being at the forefront of the environment that we are exposed to, I believe that it is our obligation to ensure that we both prevent negative media and create safer outlets for Youth.

Neha

Neha

Heya, I am Neharikha <3 I currently attend Wa Ora Montessori school doing level 2 NCEA. I hold a vast interest in societal issues such as equality amongst gender, ethnicity, and disability. I have a passion for sports, my social enterprise business and spending quality time with family and friends.
I believe that the media and young people have a dynamic role to play in addressing and projecting vital aspects affecting our society. I recognise the importance of listening and understanding the views of others. The power the media holds is immeasurable - especially upon our generation, hence, it is critical to involve ourselves in the impact it has.

The opportunity to join the Youth Advisory Panel is absolutely insane. I am overwhelmingly grateful for the chance to further listen, learn and confer about a diverse range of topics, and their effects upon Aotearoa. Thank you <3

Robbie

Robbie

I'm studying Architecture at Vic. I love mountain biking, snowboarding and croquet.