'Objectionable' Material

Mason made this Official Information request to Department of Internal Affairs

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From: Mason

Dear Department of Internal Affairs,

According to your website, "every time a person downloads objectionable material onto their screen, there is the potential for a possession offence having been committed." I was wondering if you could clarify for me what the criteria is for viewing objectionable material to be considered a crime, seeing as (as far as I'm aware) other objectionable material outside of child exploitation and pornography is not filtered or blocked in New Zealand, which could make accessing it easier.

Yours sincerely,


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Department of Internal Affairs

Thank you for your correspondence.

We will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible.

You can make formal complaints about unsolicited commercial electronic
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investigate the campaign as a whole.


Kind regards,

Electronic Messaging Compliance Unit

Department of Internal Affairs



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From: Craig Press
Department of Internal Affairs

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Dear Robert


Thank you for your 12 December 2013 Official Information Act 1982 (the
OIA) request to the Department of Internal Affairs asking about
objectionable material.


 The due date for a decision on your request, pursuant to section 15(1) of
the OIA, is 31 January 2014.


I have attached the Department's decision on your request.


Yours sincerely


Craig PRess


Craig Press | Team Leader Official Correspondence
Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua


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