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 This is a sample of what NZ First wrote a SUPPLEMENTARY SUBMISSION TO THE  FILM AND LITERATURE BOARD OF REVIEW  regarding a book, Into the River – by Ted Dawes. Family First contends that it is on very solid ground to have raised the issue of the need for an age restriction to be imposed on this publication by the Censors on the basis that the subject matter dealt with under some of these four “gateway” “categories” is described and expressed in such a manner that “the availability of the publication [to those persons under the age of 14 years] is likely to be injurious to the public good”. (more)
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 Family First has never contended that the book should be banned. Nor has it ever contended that the contents should be deemed “objectionable” under s. 3(2) of the Act – that is, on the basis of any alleged promotion or support, or tendency of promotion or support – for any of the specific activities listed in this section (e.g. bestiality, paedophilia, sexual violence etc.).(more)
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 Family First has consistently argued that an age restriction, not a ban, is appropriate for this book, (one that the author himself states was written for “young adults”, in particular males), given the manner in which matters of sex, crime, cruelty and violence are dealt with and the very real likelihood of injury to the public good if an age restriction to safeguard children is not applied.(more)
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  The Board should consider the very real possibility that such offensive passages could lawfully be read out loud by teachers in any New Zealand school if the book is classified unrestricted. Children below the age of 14 years and adults will be able to lawfully read such passages out on national radio, on television or any other media platform. Newspapers and magazines will be able to lawfully reproduce such sections in order to stimulate debate on censorship issues or promote reading or help young people “discover sex”.(more)
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  Family First is absolutely correct to argue that the themes of this book that deal with underage sex and paedophilia are totally inappropriate for readers under the age of 14 years. Just because we are receiving a regular diet of media reports on the seemingly growing problem of paedophilia in New Zealand, this does not justify as the OFLC submission appears to suggest, that such themes are appropriate to foist upon children in “unrestricted” books available freely in schools, bookshops and public libraries, and to be hailed as literary works that help semi-literate or poor readers to love book reading.(more)
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 The book “Lost Girls” was consequently classified R18. The book had wide appeal for young adults seeking to learn about sexuality, and features as its three main characters, the young heroines of classic works of fiction: Alice, from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland; Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz; and Wendy from Peter Pan. These beloved characters, truly adored by young adult readers 14 to 17 were presented as adults and like Ted Dawe’s “marvellous” and “challenging” novel, dealt with challenging “moral” issues such as sexual molestation and incest.(more)
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 We draw your attention to the reasoning for the book being rated R18:
The book is clearly intended for adult readers. There is a consensus amongst the public of New Zealand that children and young people should not be exposed to explicit sexual material intended for adults until they reach a level of maturity and experience that would allow them to cope with such material. In particular, young readers should not be exposed to images and text that they would be likely to find extremely shocking and disturbing. The availability of Lost Girls is therefore restricted to adults. Given how explicitly sexual the book is, the classification does not greatly interfere with the right to freedom of expression set out in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. In light of the book’s intended adult readership, the decision is a reasonable and justified limitation on the freedom of expression.(more)
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 We agree with Auckland Libraries that we need to encourage young teenage boys to read, but as Jock Anderson summed it up so well (para 37): “Liberally sprinkling a book aimed at youngsters with foul language – of a kind that not so long ago would have led to arrest – is no way to increase anyone’s literacy. Certainly not that of teenagers. Writers have plenty of perfectly good expressive words in the English language to choose from, without reducing literary and language standards to the lowest common denominator. While bad language may be the norm in the playground, you can bet it isn’t tolerated in the classrooms of teachers marching to the freedom-of-speech drum. And why are young males from “educational deprived backgrounds” taught that swearing is a good way for them to communicate? Does this mean they are written-off as knuckle-dragging proles? Youngsters need inspiration, guidance and discipline if they are to engage fruitfully, communicate decently with each other and make their mark.”.(more)

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COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK ‘INTO THE RIVER’

Excerpt on Into the River – by Ted Dawes
SUPPLEMENTARY
SUBMISSION TO THE
FILM AND LITERATURE BOARD OF REVIEW

 Family First has never contended that the book should be banned. Nor has it ever contended that the contents should be deemed “objectionable” under s. 3(2) of the Act – that is, on the basis of any alleged promotion or support, or tendency of promotion or support – for any of the specific activities listed in this section (e.g. bestiality, paedophilia, sexual violence etc.).

Nor has Family First ever argued that the book should be banned under s. 3(3) of the Act based on “the extent and degree to which, and the manner in which the publication describes, depicts or otherwise deals with” matters involving – sex, crime, cruelty and violence.

 Family First has consistently argued that an age restriction, not a ban, is appropriate for this book, (one that the author himself states was written for “young adults”, in particular males), given the manner in which matters of sex, crime, cruelty and violence are dealt with and the very real likelihood of injury to the public good if an age restriction to safeguard children is not applied.

Family First supports the Board’s robust and fair-minded decision which imposed an R14 classification for the book. As the OFLC submission concedes in para 5, under s. 5 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (“BORA”) which the Board did fully take into account, the right to “freedom of expression” was fully recognised. It recognised this “freedom” by not banning the book and instead merely limiting its accessibility to those aged 14 years and older.

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