Today I just thought I’d bring your attention to Andrew Armitage’s appeal for changes to the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act. Andrew is proprietor of the excellent Aro Video in Wellington. The stiff fees for classification of foreign movies in New Zealand impacts severely on the availability and supply of movies and documentaries. The act has not kept pace with, or taken into account, the availability or accessibility of movies in various formats.
In my previous library position in acquisitions I often experienced the absolute frustration of trying to acquire a DVD requested by an academic. Most of these DVDs were only available from overseas and had not been classified in New Zealand. The cost of doing so can be exorbitant, especially for struggling libraries and small businesses.
Instead of repeating Andrew’s case I’ll direct you to his link here. If you agree with his campaign, show your support.