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The Office of Film and Literature Classification is the Government body responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned. The legal definition of a 'publication' covers a wide range of mediums such as films, videos, music recordings, books, magazines and computer games.

Eye icon. OUR VISION

New Zealand society is protected from the harm caused by the unrestricted availability of restricted and objectionable publications.

We will achieve this by balancing the values inherent in the freedom of expression with the value of a society protected from injury.

Eye icon. Statistics

These statistics are taken from the Office's Annual Report for 2009.

You can also download a pdf version of the Annual Report (PDF V 7.0, 4.17MB).

Eye icon. OUR Purpose

To provide and communicate impartial classification decisions and information about censorship.

You can download the pdf version (PDF V 7.0, 515KB) of the Statement of Intent 2008-2011


The Classification Office is an organisation that employs 35 permanent staff in its Classification Unit, Corporate Services Unit, Information Unit and Registry.

Read more about:

The Chief Censor

The Deputy Chief Censor

Classification Officers

The Information Unit


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