This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'Relationships & Sexuality Education Yrs 1-8, 7-10 & 9-13'.

8 June 2022 
Chuck Schooner 
[FYI request #19169 email]  
Tēnā koe Chuck 
Thank you for your email of 19 April 2022 to the Ministry of Education requesting the 
following information:  
1.  How does the Ministry of Justice / Ministry of Education define "Grooming" - please 
provide any and all documents, resources detailing the differentiation between 
Grooming and the teaching of some of the topics relating to RSE namely 
pornography, masturbation, sexual identity and gender identify. 

2.  Subject to the definition of grooming what is the complaints process required to the 
public upon knowing that their children are being taught this disgusting curriculum 
3.  What is the Ministry of Educations policy on identifying teachers that are actively 
grooming students versus teachers that aren't grooming children - how is this 
differentiated between by the Ministry of Education 

4.  The RSE material states that pornography should be taught to pre-pubescent 
students - please provide any and all legal documentation confirming that this isn't a 
crime teaching students about this subject at the ages of 9-11 - for example students 
are restricted from watching this material yet the Ministry of Education is actively 
promoting this - if this is in schools then why is the Ministry of Education excluded 
from similar standards in the broadcasting industry where R18 material would fit this 

5.  If you make throwaway comment in a workplace then this can be misconstrued as 
sexual harassment - given the students aren't as developed as adults above the age 
of 18 then how can children reasonably be expected to make a complaint if they are 
unknowingly being sexually exploited 

6.  Given the students have access to devices on public school premises - what are the 
punishments for students if they are to broadcast, promote or send any videos to 
other students etc 

7.  If students aren't able to share illicit material then how does the Ministry of Education 
justify educators etc being able to share, teach this material 
8.  Please provide all the NGO's that have been consulted on this curriculum - can you 
also provide individual costs paid to date, any companies being retained to provide 
advice - ultimately list all external consultants and fees to date and ongoing in 
promoting this filth 

OIA: 1286227  
National Office, Mātauranga House, 33 Bowen Street, Wellington 6011 
PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140. Phone: +64 4 463 8000 Fax: +64 4 463 8001 

9.  Please provide and and all measurable outcomes both positive and negative and 
how is MOE measuring these - for example if in 12 months sexual assaults, activity in 
schools has gone up then who can be held accountable 

10. Please provide the "vetting" process for external consultants - ie what background 
checks are completed to determine if external consultants are predators 
11. Please provide any and all "Legal Documentation" that was completed by the MOE 
with regard to promoting this filth to our most innocent - if no legal documentation 
was completed then why not? 

Your request has been considered under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), and the 
individual questions addressed in order below. 
1.  How does the Ministry of Justice / Ministry of Education define "Grooming" - 
please provide any and all documents, resources detailing the differentiation 
between Grooming and the teaching of some of the topics relating to RSE namely 
pornography, masturbation, sexual identity and gender identify? 

I am refusing this part of your request under section 18(e) of the Act, as this information 
relates to the Ministry of Justice and falls within The Crimes Act: Crimes Act 1961 No 43 (as at 
28 September 2017), Public Act 131B Meeting young person following sexual grooming, etc – New 
Zealand Legislation  
We would recommend approaching the Ministry of Justice directly if you are seeking a 
response from them directly on this subject. 
2.  Subject to the definition of grooming what is the complaints process required to 
the public upon knowing that their children are being taught this disgusting 

The Ministry has set out considerations for planning and teaching RSE within our recently 
released suite of resources in a safe and appropriate way. These instructions include 
specific considerations for teaching sensitive topics, and include information about what 
should and shouldn’t be addressed in RSE teaching. 
It is a legislative requirement for every school to consult with their community on how and 
what will be taught within their relationships and sexuality education component of health 
education. This ensures that a wide range of community opinions and voices are heard, 
including teachers and young people themselves. 
Parents and caregivers can request that their young person is withdrawn from part or all of 
relationships and sexuality education teaching and learning by writing to the principal. 
Additional information about this legislation can be found within the Education and Training 
Act 2020 at: 
I am refusing this part of your request under section 18(d) of the Act, as the information 
about making a complaint to a school is publicly available and can be found at the following 
3.  What is the Ministry of Educations policy on identifying teachers that are actively 
grooming students versus teachers that aren't grooming children - how is this 
differentiated between by the Ministry of Education? 

Each school board is required to have up to date health and safety policies and procedures 
that help them to provide a safe, physical, and emotional environment for their students.  
All children’s workers must be safety checked before they start work and every three years. 
The safety check includes a police vetting process and an assessment to determine whether 
the person poses a risk to children. 
In addition, where there are conduct or competence concerns about a registered teacher, a 
complaint should be taken to the Teaching Council. See: Reporting a concern :: Teaching 
Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. 
By law, schools and kura are required to have a Child Protection Policy that supports a 
strong culture of child protection. The Children’s Act 2014 requires comprehensive measures 
to protect and improve the wellbeing of children. As part of its review of all schools, the 
Education Review Office checks that each school has a policy, and that it has been 
successfully implemented. 
Schools are required to act on such incidents if they occur. This will include reporting to the 
Police and/or Oranga Tamariki where appropriate.  
When the Ministry is made aware of concerns about student safety or wellbeing, we act. As 
a first step, we will contact the school and offer support, including co-ordinating with other 
agencies where needed. 
4.  The RSE material states that pornography should be taught to pre-pubescent 
students - please provide any and all legal documentation confirming that this 
isn't a crime teaching students about this subject at the ages of 9-11 - for example 
students are restricted from watching this material yet the Ministry of Education is 
actively promoting this - if this is in schools then why is the Ministry of Education 
excluded from similar standards in the broadcasting industry where R18 material 
would fit this criteria 

The RSE materials do not state that pornography should be taught to pre-pubescent 
Pornography is referenced in the years 9-13 Relationships and Sexuality Education: a guide 
for teachers, leaders and boards of trustees
 (2020), primarily to highlight the risks that come 
from the increased presence of pornography online. It is also briefly mentioned in the key 
learning at years 7 and 8 as one of many factors that students could consider when critically 
analysing what influences relationships. 
In response to the increased presence of pornography online, the Ministry and the 
Classification Office have produced a resource for educators to have safe, non-judgemental 
and open conversations about what young people might be seeing online. The research 
behind this module can be found at: 
Detailed support and guidance for teachers can be found within the module. This includes a 
checklist to work through before teaching and learning can begin, including informing 
parents and whānau about the content of the relationships and sexuality education 
programme. There is also information about what not to do when teaching or having 
discussions on pornography – for example, teaching and learning about pornography does 
not discuss the specific content of pornography videos, and does not involve teachers or 
ākonga sharing information about their viewing of pornography. 

The Ministry is not promoting the use of pornographic material. 
5.  If you make throwaway comment in a workplace then this can be misconstrued as 
sexual harassment - given the students aren't as developed as adults above the 
age of 18 then how can children reasonably be expected to make a complaint if 
they are unknowingly being sexually exploited 

Comprehensive Relationships and Sexuality Education gives students an understanding of 
what is appropriate and not appropriate when it comes to friendships and relationships, 
including intimate ones. When delivered holistically, Relationships and Sexuality Education 
does not increase sexual activity, sexual risk-taking behaviour or STI/HIV infection rates.1 It 
gives young people an understanding, and the tools they need to raise concerns about their 
own behaviour and the behaviour of others.  
6.  Given the students have access to devices on public school premises - what are 
the punishments for students if they are to broadcast, promote or send any videos 
to other students etc 

This process, as with any disciplinary action, is managed individually by schools according to 
their policies and procedures.  
7.  If students aren't able to share illicit material then how does the Ministry of 
Education justify educators etc being able to share, teach this material 
As outlined in the response to question 4, the pornography educator module has been 
created for educators and whānau, and provides learning on an issue that impacts their 
young people. Schools are not sharing pornographic material or teaching about the content 
of pornographic material.  
8.  Please provide all the NGO's that have been consulted on this curriculum - can 
you also provide individual costs paid to date, any companies being retained to 
provide advice - ultimately list all external consultants and fees to date and 
ongoing in promoting this filth 

This is not a new curriculum. These are optional resources that link to The New Zealand 
(2007), and have been developed to align with the Child, Youth and Wellbeing 
Strategy, the cross-government initiative Healthy Active Learning, the objectives of the 
cross-government Pornography Working Party (PWP) and in response to the Education 
Review Office report “Promoting Wellbeing Through Sexuality Education”. 
The following organisations have been consulted on this curriculum with their total amounts 
paid to date. None of these organisations have been retained to provide further advice on 
Relationships and Sexuality Education (2020).  

Resource Title 
Total Contract 
Effective practice showcase videos for RSE – University of 
InsideOUT collection - InsideOut 

Resource Title 
Total Contract 
Ka huri i te kōrero – Pornography module – Classification 
Office, University of Canterbury 
Te Ira Tangata – Te Whariki Takapou 
Educator resource – University of Canterbury 
Waiwhero by Ngāhuia Murphy (author) 
Grand Total 
9.  Please provide and all measurable outcomes both positive and negative and how 
is MOE measuring these - for example if in 12 months sexual assaults, activity in 
schools has gone up then who can be held accountable 

The Ministry does not gather data on sexual assaults in a centralised format so I am refusing 
this part of your request under section 18(e) of the Act as this information does not exist. 
Schools manage their own complaints process unless escalated to the Ministry of Education 
for support. 
Teaching and learning outcomes will be measured through the Curriculum Leads initiative, 
providing feedback around the use of the resources, which may result in future refreshes or 
additions to the resources. 
10. Please provide the "vetting" process for external consultants - i.e. what 
background checks are completed to determine if external consultants are 

Providers involved in developing our various resources adhere to panel or external party 
requirements including the Children’s Act 2014. The Ministry undertakes its own due 
diligence when entering into contractual agreements with providers, and includes 
confirmation that they have a robust vulnerable children’s policy, as well as adherence to 
health and safety requirements. 
11. Please provide any and all "Legal Documentation" that was completed by the MOE 
with regard to promoting this filth to our most innocent - if no legal documentation 
was completed then why not? 

I am refusing this part of your request under section 18(e) of the Act, as this information 
does not exist. There was no legal documentation completed by the Ministry, as this material 
did not require it for the reasons stated above. It is a function of the Ministry to work with the 
sector and other agencies to develop and update curriculum materials as required. 
12. To add to this can you also provide official MOE policy on 
a.  communications on any MOE approved devices for educators and MOE 
staff - eg can MOE staff transmit via email/sms etc etc pornographic 
material freely across official MOE channels? 

b.  if not why not and what are penalties, ramifications associated with 
transmitting this material 
c.  please also provide official MOE code of conduct on sexual harassment 

We have attached the following Ministry policies as Appendix A to your response, which 
includes actions that will be taken in the event that an employee breaches these policies. 
Please note that teachers are employed by their schools, not by the Ministry:  
  Ministry of Education’s Appropriate Information and Communications (ICT) Use 
  Ministry of Education’s Code of Conduct 
  Ministry of Education’s Sexual Harassment Guidelines. 
Please note, the Ministry now proactively publishes OIA responses on our website. As such, 
we may publish this response on our website after five working days. Your name and contact 
details will be removed. 
Thank you again for your email. You have the right to ask an Ombudsman to review my 
decision on your request, in accordance with section 28 of the Act. You can do this by writing 
to [email address] or to Office of the Ombudsman, PO Box 10152, 
Wellington 6143. 
Nāku noa, nā 
Pauline Cleaver 
Associate Deputy Secretary 
Te Mahau | Te Poutāhū (Curriculum Centre)