Pornography Working Party

The inter-agency Pornography Working Party (PWP) was formed in May 2018 to investigate the impacts of online pornography use in New Zealand. It acts as a centre of knowledge for government on the subject, coordinating work between agencies and advising on potential policy responses.

The PWP is chaired by Chief Censor Caroline Flora of Te Mana Whakaatu – Classification Office. It includes representatives from Te Mana Whakaatu, Netsafe, Ministry of Health, Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), Ministry for Women, Ministry for Social Development (MSD), Ministry of Education, ACC and New Zealand Police.

The working party meets regularly to discuss current projects, international developments and key opportunities. Members report back to relevant stakeholders. Joint briefings are also provided to Ministers, which include updates on:

  • The current environment and its challenges
  • The relevance of this work to wider government priorities
  • Progress to date on key issues and responses
  • High level recommendations
  • Individual agency responses
PWP Terms of Reference

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Briefings to Ministers

Further information


Read our award-winning three part research project into young New Zealanders' experience of pornography:


We provide advice on how to approach the topic with young people:

We've also created a resource module with the Ministry of Education to support school teachers to talk about pornography when delivering the Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum:


Te Mana Whakaatu offers a range of in-school presentations for rangatahi, parents and those working with youth:

  • Get in touch if you think your community would benefit from an in-person speaker.

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