Caroline Flora appointed new chief censor of cinema and literature

Interior Minister Jan Tinetti today appointed Caroline Flora as Chief Censor for Film and Literature, for a three-year term from 20 July.

Ms Flora is a senior civil servant who most recently served as Deputy Deputy Director General Strategy and System Performance at the Department of Health and has held several senior positions in the Department of Health and the New Zealand Police.

“His leadership, relationship management and communication skills, as well as his senior management and legal experience in the public sector, will be of great benefit to the Classification Office,” said Jan Tinetti.

“Ms Flora will continue the vital work of protecting New Zealanders from content that could cause harm, while balancing the important right to freedom of expression.

“I congratulate Ms Flora on her appointment and wish her well for her three-year term,” said Jan Tinetti.

Ms. Flora replaces David Shanks as Chief Censor, whose second term ended May 6, 2022. Deputy Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson continues to serve as Chief Censor on an interim basis until at the beginning of Mrs. Flora’s mandate. This is in accordance with the relevant statutory provisions of the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993 (the Act).

The Office of Film and Literature Classification is an independent Crown entity, created by statute to examine and classify publications, including films, videos, books, magazines, sound recordings and computer files .

(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)

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