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Statistics and corporate documents from the Classification Office

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.


Key statistics for the years 2010/11 and 2011/12

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.

Jump to the list of our Annual Reports (2007-2012)

Classifications assigned in 2010/11 and 2011/12 — all mediums

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.

Image of chart showing all classifications assigned in 2010/11 and 2011/12
*does not include advertising associated with films and games

Objectionable classifications by medium (2010/11 and 2011/12)

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.

Image of chart showing number of publications classified as objectionable in 2010/11 and 2011/12 by medium

Classifications assigned by medium (2010/11 and 2011/12)

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.

Image of chart showing all classifications in 2010/11 and 2011/12 by medium

Submissions received by the Classification Office

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.

2011/2012 (financial year)

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
Customs officials 0 0 0 0 3
Police 0 0 0 0 49
Internal Affairs officials 0 1 1 4 98
Public (and distributors of publications other than films or games) 0 2 0 6 0
Courts 0 0 0 0 30
TOTAL 79 1,186 91 10 180

2010/2011 (financial year)

Source of submission Films & Film Trailers DVDs Games Magazines/
books
Computer files
Film & game distributors via the Film and Video Labelling Body 55 1,196 71 n/a 0
Customs officials 0 0 0 0 35
Police 0 0 0 0 192
Internal Affairs officials 0 2 3 2 27
Public (and distributors of publications other than films or games) 0 4 0 2 1
Courts 0 0 0 0 109
TOTAL 55 1,202 74 4 364

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Annual Reports (2007-2012)

Annual reports for a financial year (July 1-June 30) are available in November each year, once they have been tabled in Parliament.

Download a PDF of our 2012 Annual Report 1.51mb

Download a PDF of our 2011 Annual Report 1.51mb

Download a PDF of our 2010 Annual Report 1.39mb

Download a PDF of our 2009 Annual Report 4.17mb

Download a PDF of our 2008 Annual Report 1.31mb

Download a PDF of our 2007 Annual Report 2.4mb

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Statements of Intent (2012-15 & 2013-16)

Download a PDF of our 2013-2016 Statement of Intent 1mb

Download a PDF of our 2012-2015 Statement of Intent 1.07mb

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Other documents

Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Internal Affairs (April 2012)

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.

Download a PDF of our Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Internal Affairs 626kb

Our Chief Executive's expenses, gifts and hospitality disclosure

Every six months we publish a list disclosing the Chief Executive's expenses, gifts received, and hospitality expended or offered.

Download an Excel spreadsheet of Chief Censor Andrew Jack's expenses for Jan to Jun, 2013 72.5kb

Download an Excel spreadsheet of Chief Censor Andrew Jack's expenses for July to December, 2012 72.5kb

Download an Excel spreadsheet of Chief Censor Andrew Jack's expenses for January to June, 2012 73kb

Download an Excel spreadsheet of Chief Censor Andrew Jack's expenses for July to December, 2011 70kb

Download an Excel spreadsheet of Chief Censor Andrew Jack's expenses for March to June, 2011 71kb

Download an Excel spreadsheet of Deputy Chief Censor Nic McCully's expenses for January to March, 2011 64kb

Download an Excel spreadsheet of previous Chief Censor Bill Hastings' expenses for July to December, 2010 63kb

Download an Excel spreadsheet of Deputy Chief Censor Nic McCully's expenses for July to December, 2010 67kb

Submission to the 2004 Inquiry into Hate Speech

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.'

Download a PDF of our submission to the 2004 Inquiry into Hate Speech 274kb

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