Thursday 5 February 2015

Have fun...

The New Zealand Government is looking for a new Deputy Chief Censor.

If you think you have what it takes, the email I was forwarded is below. If your greatest dream is to agonise over whether a t-shirt should be allowed or not, this could be just for you. Do your part to help chip at the asylum wall so that New Zealand can be just as crazy as everywhere else.

If you think you can go in and go so over-the-top absurd that the whole system collapses in on itself and is repealed, well, read the link above. "The worse the better" isn't going to work here.

From: Office of Te Ururoa Flavell <>
Date: 4 February 2015 1:14:35 pm NZDT
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: Panui re Board positions
Te Ururoa is keen to receive feedback and comments. Please email
Interests in these positions can be forwarded directly to Elijah Pue as per his contact details below.


Tēnā tātou

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Peter Dunne is seeking nominations for the position of Deputy Chief Censor, Office of Film and Literature Classification. The Office of Film and Literature Classification is established under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 (the Act) to examine and classify publications, including films, books, magazines, sound recordings and computer files. The Classification Office is an independent Crown entity under the Crown Entities Act 2004.

This is a full-time senior manager of the Classification Office, with technical duties to discharge under the act. This position is appointment by the Governor-General on recommendation of the Minister of Internal Affairs. The appointment is no longer than three years. The function of the Classification Office is to classify publications submitted to it under the Act. Publications submitted to the Classification Office include film, video, recordings, books, magazines, sound recordings, CD-ROMs and other computer-based publications, photographs and other various items such as billboards and playing cards.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in the role of Deputy Chief Censor, Office of Film and Literature Classification, please email me their Curriculum Vitae no later than Friday 20th February 2015.

Ngā mihi

Elijah Pue  | Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Here | Policy Advisor
Māori Party Leaders Unit | Hon Te Ururoa Flavell | Marama Fox MP
Bowen House Level 7 | Parliament Buildings | Private Bag 18041 | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand
Mobile: 027 740 6253 | Phone: 04 817 8259  | Fax: 04 817 6526 |


  1. So you get to watch dirty movies and get paid for it? Where do I sign up? j/k

  2. I own a t-shirt that offends me. It was a present from a Chinese grad student, and has a picture of Mao blazoned across the front with a caption in Mandarin below. Some time after receiving it, I learned that the caption translated roughly as "Mao is a good guy"!

    Should I report myself to the Censor's office? If the criterion is 'offensiveness', it would seem so. But academics aren't so well paid that we can afford to voluntarily dispense with essential wardrobe items just because we don't like the cut of their jib.