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Labour acknowledges outgoing Chief Censor

Labour acknowledges outgoing Chief Censor

The Labour Party acknowledges the significant contribution of outgoing Chief Censor Bill Hastings and congratulates him on his new role as a District Court Judge and Chair of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, Labour's Internal Affairs spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Bill Hastings’ 12 years of service have made a significant contribution to censorship in New Zealand. This is a controversial area and often presents significant challenges. Bill has handled these complex situations with intellect, judgment and decorum," Chris Hipkins said.

"Leading the Office of Film and Literature Classification can be demanding and controversial. Bill has encouraged debate and always been willing to front on the tricky issues. He has generally been able to guide decisions that have been reflective of general public opinion.

“Chairing a brand new agency like the Immigration and Protection Tribunal will present its own challenges. I'm sure his experience will place him in good stead for this and his dual role as a district court judge.

“I congratulate Mr Hastings on his appointments and wish him all the very best,” Chris Hipkins said.

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