TVNZ adheres to the NZ Media Council's video classification codes.
The codes are:
Approved for General viewing
G programmes should exclude material likely to be unsuitable for children. Programmes may not necessarily be designed for child viewers but should not contain material likely to alarm or distress them.
Parental Guidance recommended for young viewers
PG programmes are more suited for mature audiences, but may be suitable for children subject to the guidance of a parent or other adult. Parents and caregivers are expected to monitor their child’s viewing of PG programmes.
Suitable for Mature audiences 16 years and over
M programmes contain adult themes and are directed primarily at mature audiences. When considering whether to let a child see an M-rated programme it’s a good idea to find out what the film is about – and to always remember to check the descriptive note.
People under 16 years should not view
16 programmes contain stronger material or special elements which are outside the M classification. These programmes may contain a greater degree of sexual activity, potentially offensive language, realistic violence, sexual violence, or horrific encounters.
People under 18 years should not view
18 programmes contain themes which may be challenging or offensive even to some adult viewers
Programmes containing adult themes and directed primarily at mature audiences.
Visual Warnings can be also be given to programmes on TVNZ+.
The visual warning symbols are:
Content may offend
Language may offend
Violence may offend
Sexual material may offend