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This section of the website contains information about the classification system requirements for people supplying, selling and exhibiting publications (e.g. films, games, adult magazines) to New Zealanders.

Information in this section of the website is targeted at:

  • DVD and game retailers
  • Filmmakers
  • Film and game distributors
  • Film festival organisers
  • Cinema operators
  • Suppliers of restricted books and magazines

How to submit films and games for classification

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Films and restricted games must have a New Zealand classification label before they are supplied or exhibited to the public. Topics covered on this page include:

  • How to get a film or game classified or rated
  • How to get a label

Read more about labelling films and games

Exhibiting films

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This information is for cinema operators and anyone intending to exhibit a film to members of the New Zealand public. This page explains the things you must do to comply with New Zealand's classification law.

Topics covered:

  • Enforcing restrictions at the cinema
  • Classification information you must display
  • Screening appropriate trailers

Read more about exhibiting films to the public

Selling or hiring out films and games

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Retailers selling or hiring out films and games to the public must comply with New Zealand's classification law. This page explains five things you must do in order to comply.

Read more about selling and hiring films and games

Supplying restricted books and magazines

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Topics covered on this page include:

  • What to do about potentially restricted or objectionable books or magazines
  • Labelling and display of restricted publications by the supplier or distributor
  • How to submit a book or magazine for classification
  • Getting labels for a series of magazines
  • Providing restricted access areas in-store

Read more about selling restricted books and magazines

Minimum requirements for advertising game and film classifications

Find out about:

  • Print advertising
  • Cinema and TV advertising
  • Radio advertising

Read more about selling restricted books and magazines

Getting classification decisions reviewed

There are two ways you can get a classification decision reviewed:

  • By the Film and Literature Board of Review
  • By the Classification Office

Read more about selling restricted books and magazines

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