Timebands and Classification Review

Now closed: Timebands and Classification Review

Thank you to everyone who provided us with feedback. The feedback is now being assessed. We will update this page once the evaluation is complete.


The BSA is considering whether any changes should be made to timebands and classification labels on free-to-air television and we want your views. 

Timebands have been used for decades to protect free-to-air viewers from unsuitable content. But the way we watch television has changed -  we don’t always watch at a fixed time - we record and watch later, and parental locks are now available on free-to-air television.  Given these changes, are all of the timebands still relevant and useful?

We have different labels on pay television (SKY) and free-to-air television.  Should they be the same?

Please read our consultation document below, and send us your views, by completing the online survey below, or sending us your views by Email: info@bsa.govt.nz or come to one of the public meetings listed below - you can register attendance at info@bsa.govt.nz

Consultation Documents

Classification and Timeband review - Long Consultation Book
Classification and Timeband review - Short Consultation Book
Ngā Takiwātanga, Raka Mātua, Kōmakatanga Hoki

Consultation Survey

This survey is now closed.

Research Reports

Understanding Timebands within Vulnerable Communities Study [2017]
Parental Guidance Survey (TVNZ - BSA - Green Room) [2017]
Public Awareness Survey - 2017

Broadcasting Standards in New Zealand Codebook

Free-to-Air Television Code
Free-to-Air Television Classifications
Pay Television Classifications and Audience Advisories

Public Meetings details

SOUTH AUCKLAND - Monday 13 August 2018, 10:30am,  Manurewa Library, 7 Hill Road, Manurewa 

AUCKLAND - Wednesday 15 August 2018, 1:30pm, Leys Institute, 20 St Mary's Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

PORIRUA - Friday 17 August 2018, 10:00am, RSA Porirua, 5-7 McKillop Street, Porirua

WELLINGTON - Friday 17 August 2018, 1:30pm, Chartered Accountants House,Level 7, 50 Customhouse Quay, Wellington

GISBORNE - Tuesday 21 August  2018, 1:30pm, HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright Street, Gisborne

CHRISTCHURCH - Wednesday 22 August 2018, 10:30am, Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch

DUNEDIN - Thursday 23 August 2018, 10:30am, South Dunedin Community Hall, 253 King Edward Street, South Dunedin