Book banning still alive and well in NZ


Bob McCoskrie is an idiot.

He has moved to have an award winning book banned after it has been on the market for more than two years. Has he not heard of the Streisand Effect?

New Zealand’s censorship review board has slapped an interim ban on a book for the first time since the current law was passed 22 years ago, potentially igniting a new wave of restrictions on sexually explicit books.

The president of the Film and Literature Board of Review, Dr Don Mathieson, QC, has issued the Interim Restriction Order banning the sale or distribution of Auckland author Ted Dawe’s award-winning novel for teenagers Into the River until the full board can consider whether the book should be restricted.

Family First director Bob McCoskrie, who requested the review, said the interim order – the first affecting a book under the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993 – showed people could still use the censorship system.

“Hopefully we have set a precedent and people start bringing other books to the fore that they are concerned about.”

Freedom of expression needed to be weighed against the need to protect the public good and young people, he said.

“Where a book is targeted at teenagers it needed to be language and theme appropriate.”

This is ridiculous, the book has been on the market for two years, it has won awards…and now it is banned because some puritanical busy body says he doesn’t like its content?

If you don’t like the content then don’t buy it or read it. Why stop others from enjoying it?

This sort of nonsense has to end.

All Bob McCoskrie has done though is ensure that when the ban lifts…and it will, that sales of the book will skyrocket as people seek to find out what all the fuss is about.

Meanwhile for those who don’t want to be constrained by idiot censorship laws you can buy the Kindle version of Into the River?from Amazon.


– A newspaper