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This page contains information about how we've made this site accessible for all users; how to use the search engines; how to access PDFs; our terms of use statements; and how to access other government information.

You'll find a link to this page at the bottom of every page of this site. There's also a link to the site map at the bottom of every page.

If you notice any errors on this site, or have any suggestions for improving it, please contact us.

Note: this responsive website has been tested on versions of Internet Explorer 9 and above. It has also been tested on all other commonly used browsers and operating systems, as well as a wide range of mobile devices.

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This site has been designed for people interested in the New Zealand classification system, but we wanted it to be as accessible as possible. We have included the following accessibility features:

  • The website is designed and built to be accessible
  • The site includes a stylesheet that optimises printing
  • You can navigate around the site using the tab key
  • You can change the size of the text
  • Links tell you where they are taking you and why
  • Images, graphs and charts are described in plain English
  • Audio and visual material on this site is accessible

Accessible design

The website is designed and built to be accessible. It uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browsing device does not support style sheets, the content of each page is still readable.

The site has been designed so that text and background colours are at an accessible contrast ratio and meet the Government web standards requirements.

Print stylesheet

This site uses a print stylesheet which allows a page to be printed straight from the browser in a 'print-friendly' manner and eliminates unnecessary graphical elements.

This means that only the main content from the page will be printed — the top banner and navigation links and images will not be printed.

Tab key

You can use the tab key to navigate around the site, and we have provided skip links for screen readers so you can jump elements that repeat on every page.

Changing the size of the text

You can change the text size on any web page on this site. Most browsers (with the exception of Internet Explorer) allow resizing of text via the following keyboard commands:

Windows: CTRL key and the '+' or '-' keys.
Mac: Command or Apple key and the '+' or '-' keys.

To change the font size in Internet Explorer, go to the View Menu and select Text Size.


As much as possible, links around this site have been written to explain where they take you. Navigation elements are all in plain text, not images.

We have linked to other sites where we think the information they contain may be of value to you. Other site's pages will open in a new browser, so when you close them you will still have this site open. We can't guarantee that other sites will be accessible.

If you think a link is broken, send us an email or call us on 0508 236 767 to let us know.

Images, graphs, and charts

All content images such as photos, charts and graphs have meaningful plain English descriptions that can be read by screen readers.

Accessible audio and visual material

Audio and visual material on this site is accessible:

  • Audio-only recordings are accompanied by a text transcript that includes descriptions of all visual and auditory information.
  • Video-only recordings have a descriptive text transcript (that includes all information conveyed visually) or an audio description (voice-over track).
  • Video and audio recordings have captions for all dialogue and meaningful audio content, accompanied by a descriptive text transcript on the page.

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Please contact us if you have trouble using this site - this will help us to make improvements.

Using the website's search engines

This website has two different kinds of search engines:

  • A search engine for finding information in the pages of this site
  • A searchable database of classification decisions of the Classification Office

Searching the pages of this website

If you want to find something on the pages of this website, use keywords in the search box provided at the top right hand corner of every page beneath the heading Search the website.

Click inside the search box and then type words that describe what you want to search for, eg classification for information about classification, or enforcement for information about how the classification law is enforced in New Zealand.

You can also search for a phrase, such as "Classification Act" by including speech marks around the phrase.

Searching for classification decisions

If you want to know the classification of a specific title, you can search for it using the either the NZ Register of Classification Decisions, or the website of the Film and Video Labelling Body.

Information on how to search these databases, including links to them, can be found in How to search for a classification.

Accessing PDF documents

Some of the documents on this site about New Zealand's classification system, such as research findings or the annual report of the Office of Film and Literature Classification, are published in PDF format.

If you are having trouble opening PDF documents, you will need to download a PDF reader. Once you have downloaded the reader, you will be able to open and read any website PDF documents, and you will not have to download the reader again, except to update it occasionally.

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader from the Adobe website

Screen reader setting options for reading PDFs

Where possible we create PDF documents with accessibility features. This means that screen reader users and low vision users who want to avoid horizontal scrolling can change a setting so that text displays within the available width of the page and retains the correct flow for reading by a screen reader.

To make this change, select the View menu then the Zoom option and the Reflow sub-option. This will not work for PDF documents created without the option 'document tags for accessibility' checked.

This section explains the terms of use for the New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification's website,, including our:

  • Disclaimer about this site's content
  • Approach to protecting your privacy
  • Transparency statement on information gathering
  • Copyright statement

Disclaimer about this site's content

While we have tried to make the information on this site as accurate as possible, it is not exhaustive and should not be regarded as legal advice. The Classification Office accepts no responsibility for any consequences arising from the use of information on this website as legal advice. Readers are urged to consult a lawyer for advice on classification law.

Disclaimer about links to other sites

Where relevant, we have provided links to other websites. We make no guarantees they will be accessible. The inclusion of links to third party sites does not imply any endorsement of the linked website or its content or provider.

Approach to protecting your privacy


When you visit our website, you do so anonymously. We do not collect information about you such as your IP address. We do use Google Analytics to identify general information about how all visitors use the site, which we use to better understand what information is being sought and used by our website visitors.

Email, other correspondence and contact by phone or in person

Personal information you give to the Classification Office by email, on a form, or by other written or oral means, is not disclosed to any other party unless there is a statutory requirement or safety concern.

If your contact with us needs to be referred to another agency for assistance or response, we will ask you for your permission to do this.

The information you provide is kept on file for specific periods as set by Archives NZ under the Public Records Act 2005. At the end of those periods, typically 2 years for inquiries and 5 years for complaints of a minor nature, the record will be disposed of securely. If your contact is in relation to a significant complaint about the classification system, it will be retained indefinitely and transferred eventually to Archives NZ to be retained as a public archive.

Transparency statement on information gathering

This transparency statement explains how the Classification Office collects, uses and shares information gathered about members of the public or other entities (directly or indirectly) in accordance with the Information Gathering Model Standards.

While the Office has statutory responsibilities for media regulation, enforcement of decisions made by the Office falls to other agencies such as the Department of Internal Affairs.  Accordingly the Office is not responsible for law enforcement or regulatory compliance activity, and does not gather any information for these purposes.

The security of our premises is managed in accordance with our health and safety policies. The security of our information is managed in accordance our Privacy Policy and in compliance with the Privacy Act 1993, the Official Information Act 1982 and the Public Records Act 2005. The information we hold is used only for the purpose for which it is collected or as otherwise advised, including as described in our privacy policy.

Note where we have serious concerns regarding potential threats to the physical security of staff, or the security of information or places, we will engage an appropriate authority (such as the NZ Police).

Should we identify a need to gather information in scope of the model standards in future, we will ensure compliance with Information Gathering Model Standards, and update this transparency statement.

This statement applies to information gathered by us, our contractors, or any other third parties engaged by us.

Enquiries and complaints

If you have any enquiries about our information gathering activities, or believe we have not acted in accordance with this statement, you should contact us at

Copyright statement

Unless otherwise stated, the Classification Office holds the copyright on all information on this website. Classification Office copyright information on this website may be used for personal and non-commercial purposes without further permission, subject to the information being reproduced accurately and not being used in a misleading context.

This website may have some text and other items used with the copyright holder's permission. These items are provided for the purpose of personal use and non-commercial study (such as school projects). You may not reproduce (in print or electronic format) these items without obtaining the permission of the copyright holder. For written permission to use these items for any purpose other than personal and non-commercial study, please contact the copyright holder. Specific copyright statements may accompany individual items.

The Office of Film and Literature Classification has made every effort to contact copyright holders. Please advise us of any errors or omissions so that they can be corrected.

When information from this website is used in any context, the source must be credited to (the website of Office of Film and Literature Classification).

For written permission to reproduce information, images or other resources on this website, please contact the copyright holder or holding institution (where named) in the first instance, or the Classification Office.

Other government information

Use the New Zealand Government link at the bottom of every page on this site for an index of all government organisations, links to their websites, their contact details and to search other government information.