File Management and Protection/Ethical Issues/Objectionable material

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Objectionable material

There are two pieces of law in New Zealand that define what is classified as 'age-restricted' and what material is 'objectionable' (illegal for anyone to see or distribute).

  • Generally, age-restricted material is illegal to sell or give to a young person under the specified age (usually 18).
  • Objectionable material is illegal for any New Zealander to possess (or even look at on their computer). 'Objectionable‘ material includes sexual material which involves children, animals, dead people, cruelty and severe violence.

To read more about the law, visit