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Censorship in New Zealand - information for students

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we have resources for Level 1 Media Studies

Welcome to our website, Year 11 students and teachers! With the introduction of Media Studies to NCEA Level 1, we have drawn together information from around this website that we think will help you with your assignments.

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The Censor's Log

Censorship-related news both from New Zealand and around the world.

This month: learn about the new Chief Censor, Bollywood censorship, banned books in Ireland and more.

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New Research - How young people use Entertainment

We wanted to find out how often young people in New Zealand watch films and play games – so we asked them! This research also shows the types of things that influence young people when they choose a film or a game.

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new case studies!

Have you been wondering why the rating on The Princess and the Frog changed from G to PG, or why Disney's A Christmas Carol changed from PG to M? What about that R13 classification on the game Naughty Bear? And what does the RP13 classification on the New Zealand film Matariki mean? Check out our Case Studies to see the classification system in action.

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Did you come to Censor for a Day in Term 3?

We showed the film Animal Kingdom to senior Media Studies students in Wellington, Hamilton and Taupo - find out what classification the students thought the film should have!