This page outlines some key classification statistics from the past financial year. You can also download copies of official documents such as our recent Statements of Intent and Annual Reports.
As a provider of an important public service, the Classification Office is accountable to the New Zealand public. The following corporate documents contain detailed information about our operation, performance, and outlook for the years ahead.
A high level of transparency and engagement with the New Zealand public is essential to our work. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the information and documents we have provided.
The charts and tables below illustrate some key statistics from our 2011 and 2012 Annual Reports. Annual reports are tabled in Parliament around November each year.
This chart shows that the most common classifications in the last two financial years were R16 and R18. The chart includes classifications in all mediums, such as films, games, computer files and other material.
Along with films, DVDs and Games, the Classification Office classifies a variety of material, including computer files submitted by officials. The chart below shows that computer files make up the great majority of material banned by the Classification Office. The relatively low number of publications classified as 'objectionable' (banned) in the 2011/12 year is primarily due to a marked decrease in submissions from law enforcement agencies during this period.
This chart shows the number of classifications assigned according to specific mediums, such as films, games or computer files. Over this period, the Classification Office classified more DVDs than any other type of publication.
The Classification Office receives submissions via specific 'channels', which are outlined in the Classification Act. For example, commercial films are submitted via the Film and Video Labelling Body.
The tables below illustrate a) the source of submissions, and b) the type of 'publication' that was submitted. Please note that more detailed information about submissions is available in our Annual Reports.
|Source of submission||Films & Film Trailers||DVDs||Games||Magazines/books||Computer files|
|Film & game distributors via the Film and Video Labelling Body||79||1,183||90||n/a||0|
|Internal Affairs officials||0||1||1||4||98|
|Public (and distributors of publications other than films or games)||0||2||0||6||0|
|Source of submission||Films & Film Trailers||DVDs||Games||Magazines/
|Film & game distributors via the Film and Video Labelling Body||55||1,196||71||n/a||0|
|Internal Affairs officials||0||2||3||2||27|
|Public (and distributors of publications other than films or games)||0||4||0||2||1|
Annual reports for a financial year (July 1-June 30) are available in November each year, once they have been tabled in Parliament.
When a new Minister of Internal Affairs is appointed, the Classification Office provides a briefing which outlines who we are and what we do, how we have been operating, and other important information of use to the Minister.
Every six months we publish a list disclosing the Chief Executive's expenses, gifts received, and hospitality expended or offered.
As part of an Inquiry into Hate Speech in 2004, the Classification Office submitted that 'current New Zealand legislation does not specifically or effectively address "hate speech"', and that 'the extent to which a publication is hate speech should be a matter that is relevant to [a film, game, or other publication's] classification if Parliament decides that legislation providing for civil or criminal remedies is necessary or desirable.'