24 Nov 2023

Sex education book given unrestricted classification in NZ

From Morning Report, 8:39 am on 24 November 2023

A controversial Australian sex education book has been given an "unrestricted classification" in New Zealand, following a ruling from Te Mana Whakaatu Classification Office.

The book was taken off the shelves this year by one Australian retailer, who said its staff were being abused by members of the public who objected to the book - believing it is too explicit and normalises sexual conduct for under-age children.

Chief censor Caroline Flora received more than 400 public submissions for the book to be classified in New Zealand, with most of them calling for a restriction.

She spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.