Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Censor's Office Report Tabled

2005 Annual Report of the Office of Film and Literature Classification tabled in Parliament

Office of Film and Literature Classification

The Chief Censor has called for a review of the labelling and classification of computer games in the 2005 Annual Report of the Office of Film and Literature Classification tabled in Parliament today.

Unlike films, computer games that are not restricted do not have to be rated or labelled in New Zealand. As a result, around 90% of the games that appear in New Zealand carry an Australian classification label. Research by the Office in 2005 found that only 56% of teenagers surveyed understood the meaning of one of those labels. When the Office classified games that had not been restricted in Australia, it gave most of them a restricted classification.

“New Zealand’s decision to exempt unrestricted video games from labelling was not the result of effective lobbying or careful policy analysis. In 1993 when the law was passed, games were seen to have a limited appeal and small likelihood of causing harm.” Mr Hastings said.

“Times have changed. Games have become more realistic and hugely popular. Some are developed solely for an adult audience. New Zealand labels alert consumers to the content of all films and videos. But they must rely on foreign labels when buying most computer games. Foreign labels don’t reflect Kiwi standards and research shows many people don’t understand them.” Mr Hastings added.

The Office has been involved in a range of other activities in 2005, including working with telecommunications companies to produce a code regulating content provided to mobile phones. The Office also assisted the Samoa Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration in strengthening its Censorship Office, as part of a NZ Aid programme

The Annual Report also noted that the Office received more publications for classification in 2005 than in any previous year. The 8% increase over 2004 was the result of a greater number of commercial submissions of films, videos and DVDs.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news