New Zealand Classifications
The classification system in New Zealand operates under the Classification Act, passed in 1993. The Act regulates how films, games and other publications are classified.
Anyone can be shown or sold this. G films should have very low levels of things like frightening scenes. However, not all G level films are intended for family audiences and it is always a good idea to look at reviews and plot information before taking children to any film.
Films and games with a PG label can be sold, hired, or shown to anyone. The PG label means guidance from a parent or guardian is recommended for younger viewers. It is important to remember that PG films can be aimed at an adult audience and to be aware of the content of a film if you are taking children to it.
Films and games with an M label can be sold, hired, or shown to anyone. Films with an M label are more suitable for mature audiences. When considering whether to let a child see an M-rated film, it's a good idea to find out what the film is about - and to always remember to check the descriptive note.
The meaning of the M label
Red means restricted: it is illegal to sell, hire, show or give a restricted (red labelled) film or game to anyone under the age shown on the label (unless an exception is stated on the label).
Restrictions apply in cinemas, at home and at school. Adults cannot give children permission to watch restricted films, or play restricted games. Various online platforms and services also use official classifications and these may be accompanied by parental controls or locks.
Red means restricted: R13, R15, R16, R18
It is illegal to sell, hire, show or give a film or game with an age restricted label to anyone under the age specified. If something has one of these labels it can only be supplied to people of and over the age shown on the label. A parent, shop or cinema is breaking the law if they supply an age-restricted item to someone who is not legally allowed to access it. You will see these labels on films, games, DVDs and a few music recordings, magazines and books. What does R13 mean?
RP13, RP16, RP18
The RP label means that the film or DVD can only be watched by someone under the age on the label if they are supervised by a parent or guardian (an adult over 18). You will see these labels on films and DVDs. A parent, shop or cinema is breaking the law if they allow children to access these films without adult supervision. What does RP mean?
R means that there is a special restriction. Refer to the words on the right of the label for the full conditions.
For more information regarding the classification of films, please visit the New Zealand Classification website HERE.