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Why - whai tikanga

Why we classify and why it's important

In this section we explore the 'why' of classification. We look at why classification works the way it does and why classifications are important.

Why classification works the way it does

This page explores the historical and legislative reasons for the classification system we have in New Zealand. It also explains why we use classification labels, and what the penalties are for breaking the classification law. Find out more

Why classifications are important

This page looks at what the classification system is designed to do, and why it is important to have classifications on films, games and other publications. Find out more

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