The press release from the Department of Internal Affairs.
FAQ about it, compiled by beagl who is the most informed person I know on this topic.
What concerns me about this is the secrecy in which the whole thing has been undertaken and the potential for slippage. New Zealand's government process is considered to by fairly transparent, but this hasn't been. I think everyone agrees that child pornography is objectionable, but I've looked up the law governing what's considered objectionable, and there's loads of scope for other things to end up being included in the list of banned sites - Kink (NSFW), for example - under the same secrecy. How would we know?
Never mind how many of the ~7,000 sites on the current list (five times the size of the UK's list and which we are not allowed to know the content of) didn't actually involve exploitation of children, because our law allows for censorship of stories and drawings as well as films and photos (fanfiction people take note - you'd be familiar with this issue yeah?).
I have a question. The spokesperson for the DIA says: "It is the result of real children being sexually abused and exploited in the worst possible way. Each time anyone anywhere in the world accesses one of those images, the child depicted is victimised again.” Which I completely agree with. But if the filter is intended to prevent exploitation and abuse of children, and not for law enforcement, why are the IPs of people looking at fictional stories being logged? And where is the action to remove the sites from the web altogether? Surely, if DIA knows these sites exist and wants child abuse to stop, contacting the ISP for the sites will result in removal, which will hit them far harder than stopping a tiny number of Kiwis a year from seeing them? Read the comment from Sabine Miehlbradt on the Register's article about this. It's thought provoking.
Anyway, I'm going to let people read the three links and decide for themselves - it's an emotive issue. I just wanted to make it a bit more public than it has been, because that's how it should have been in the first place.