Codes & Standards
The broadcasting standards which apply to television and radio programmes are contained in the Codes of Broadcasting Practice. There are four Codes and these cover:
The Codes all contain 'standards'. These are the rules that broadcasters must follow when broadcasting programmes in New Zealand. Each standard has a number of associated 'guidelines' which assist broadcasters and the public in interpreting the standards. It is the wording of the standard that is most important; even if a programme appears to breach a particular guideline, it still may not breach the overall standard depending on the circumstances.
To make a formal complaint, you need to choose the relevant Code and then nominate which standards you think were breached.
All Codes can be downloaded from this website or you can obtain printed copies by
You can download the Codes in Māori and other languages by going to the home page of each Code: Free-to-Air Television Code, Radio Code, Election Programmes Code.
The Pay Television Code is due for review and a translation into Māori will follow the review.
Download a PDF of the Codes of Broadcasting Practice: