A conservative lobby group is calling for the country’s book censor to be investigated for removing a teen novel’s R14 rating.
Family First [a registered charity] made the request in a submission arguing for a permanent age restriction on award-winning novel Into the River.
Director Bob McCoskrie said the deputy chief censor’s "highly politicised" decision to remove the book’s restriction in August was illegal.
"Parents and families need to have a level of trust and confidence in what the censorship board decides."
Into the River sparked a row over censorship as the Film and Literature Board of Review and Classification Office debate its classification.
Deputy chief censor Nic McCully removed the book’s R14 restriction in August, which the Review Board’s president then over-turned.
McCully has since left her role as deputy chief censor.
A Classification Office spokeswoman confirmed Jared Mullen replaced McCully as deputy chief censor in August.
She said the process to replace her started in 2014 and was not related to the classification of the book.
The office defended its legal processes in reviewing the book’s classification.