We're always here to help if you have any questions, complaints or concerns.
General enquiries and complaints
If you have a question about classification, or you're concerned about a rating you've seen, get in touch. There are a number of different ways you can contact us:
88 The Terrace
PO Box 1999
Reporting harmful content
If you are concerned that someone could be breaking the classification law, please get in touch with one of the agencies below.
Department of Internal Affairs
The Department of Internal Affairs investigates complaints, enforces compliance with labelling requirements, seizes objectionable material and monitors websites.
Police have the power to seize publications and investigate illegal activity, including activities involving the sexual exploitation of children and sharing illegal content.
If Customs officials have concerns that a publication is a prohibited or illegal import, they can seize it at the border and decide whether to proceed with legal action.
Broadcasting, press and advertising complaints
The Classification Office isn't responsible for broadcasting, press, or advertising standards. To make a complaint, contact one of the organisations below.
Complaints should be directed to the broadcaster concerned, and then to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
Newspapers and magazines
Newspapers and magazines can be classified, but complaints are usually dealt with by the New Zealand Media Council.
Some forms of advertising can be classified, but advertising is generally regulated by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Whether you're a member of the public, an official, or an industry member you're able to submit something to be classified, ask about getting a classification changed or request an exemption.
Official Information Act requests
People in New Zealand can request official information from us and it will be made available unless there is a good reason to withhold it. You can view responses to previous requests for official information here.
If you are concerned that your request for information has not been dealt with appropriately you have the right to complain to the Office of the Ombudsman.
Changes to the Classification Act
The Department of Internal Affairs administers the Act and is responsible for any changes to the legislation.
If you need support, here are a range of resources to support you and your loved ones.
Cyberbullying and other harmful online behaviour:
- Netsafe | 0508 638 723
Helplines and information for parents, children and young people:
Information about movies, TV shows and other media:
The Mental Health Foundation has a great list of services that offer support, information and help.
Overseas classification authorities
- Australian Classification Board
- British Board of Film Classification
- US Classification and Rating Administration
- Motion Picture Association of America
- US Entertainment Software Ratings Board
- Irish Film Classification Office
- Pan-European Games Information
- Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore