We create clarity from conflict
Creating the right balance between freedom of expression and prevention from harm is a challenging but vital goal for Aotearoa.
This is exactly what we do.
We help people in Aotearoa make decisions about what to watch, play and read. We don’t exist to suppress voices but instead, when necessary, reduce harm. The Classification Act guides us on our journey, walking this fine line.
Watching together, talking together
The way we experience content has changed rapidly, but our mission hasn't.
We work to inform and empower New Zealanders to watch content in a positive way while safeguarding them from harm.
We do this by classifying publications and providing information about the classification system as a whole.
We are organised into four groups: the classification unit, the countering violent extremism team, the information unit and the corporate service unit.
Both David Shanks, our Chief Censor, and Rupert Ablett-Hampson, our Deputy Chief Censor, work within these teams.
We are independent
You can trust that our decisions are unbiased, consistent and reliable.
As an independent Crown entity established under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993, we perform our role independent of the Government.
We are accountable to the New Zealand public, and so we must perform our functions efficiently, transparently, and in a financially responsible manner.
Youth Advisory Panel
Our Youth Advisory Panel is a diverse group of 16-19 year olds who meet once a month to provide us with guidance about content in New Zealand.
The Panel have enriched the work we do and as a result we have more diverse voices influencing our mahi.
Addressing misinformation doesn’t mean telling people what to think, or stifling debate with more censorship. We must look at better ways to come together to prevent harm.