Chief censor says parents should be aware teens watching 13 Reasons Why and watch it themselves

The chief censor, David Shanks, says parents should be aware that their children are watching season two of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, and watch it themselves.

Season two of the teen drama launches on Friday, following the first season which was a highly controversial global hit.

"This series deals with issues such as rape and suicide in a way that would have been unimaginable even just a few years ago," Mr Shanks told Seven Sharp.

His office had contacted the programme saying he needed to come on Seven Sharp. 

"We have a vulnerable population of young people in this country, and my concern is this could have impacts on those people," he said.

The first series of 13 Reasons Why came out a year ago, but because it was on a streaming service, the chief censor wasn't required to view it or classify it before Kiwi audiences saw it.

And it soon became clear the show was causing harm for some, as Shaun Robinson, Mental Health Foundation chief executive explained.

"We know for certain that people were put into really serious distress, potentially heightened their own risk of suicide, and in some cases led to people actually having to be hospitalised," he said.

The chief censor exercised his power to call in the show and created a new classification, RP18. 

"This classification requires that parents are aware that children are consuming this product and to help them out with that," Mr Shanks said.

He and the Mental Health Foundation are working together to create support for young viewers and their parents. 

"We recognise that some teens will not want to watch this show with their parents. But parents should be aware that they're watching and watch it themselves," Mr Shanks said.

For help and advice please contact the following:

Need to talk? 1737 – Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Lifeline – Free call 0800 LIFELINE (543 354), or free text HELP (4357)
Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 or
The Lowdown: A website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety. or free text 5626 – Online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 for support related to sexual orientation or gender identity

The chief censor and Mental Health Foundation are working together to create support for young viewers and their families. Source: Seven Sharp


Consumer watchdog calling for ionisation smoke alarms to be pulled from shelves due to slow detection of smoke

Consumer New Zealand is calling for ionisation smoke alarms to be pulled from shop shelves following the outcome of its test.

The test was carried out with a smoke box on 20 different smoke alarms, the majority the photoelectric type and four of which were ionisation alarms, on fast flaming fires and slow-burning, smouldering fires.

While all alarms made a warning eventually, the ionisation alarms were a lot slower to sound the alarm during smouldering fires, which the watchdog's head of testing Paul Smith says is "dangerous."

"Smoudlering fires comes from things like upholstery foam, dodgy wiring in the walls, an extension cable that you’ve left plugged in and wrapped up, or a towel draped over the heater," he said.

He said smoke is the cause of many deaths in house fires and with many occurring overnight, any extra time would be useful.

"Every minute is valuable to be able to get everyone awake and to get out of the house," he said.

Mr Smith said Consumer New Zealand is communicating with retailers to explain why they should not be sold rather than looking for government intervention over their sale.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has recommended the photoelectric type with long battery life for a decade but says any working smoke alarm is better than none.

A previous information video for FENZ said over 80 per cent of fatal house fires involve a faulty smoke alarm or where the household doesn't have one.

Landlords replacing smoke alarms in properties must install photoelectric, long battery life smoke alarms, as stated in the Residential Tenancies Act.

Sale of ionisation alarms in NZ:

The Warehouse stopped sale of ionisation alarms last year.

Mitre 10 sells ionisation alarms, does not recommend customers solely use ionisation alarms.

Bunnings sells ionisation alarms.

PlaceMakers sells ionisation alarms, reviewing position following Consumer New Zealand findings.

Hammer Hardware – some stores sell ionisation alarms.

Foodstuffs (Pak N Save and New World) – Sells ionisation alarms, recommends photoelectric alarms.

Countdown – Stopped ordering ionisation alarms in February, a few may still be on the shelves.

A study found it can take minutes before an ionisation alarm detects smoke. Source: 1 NEWS


Most watched: 'I don't wanna cry in front of these kids' - Unsung hero gets $10k for his devotion to helping Auckland kids on and off the rugby field

Note: This story was first published on Wednesday May 16

Nick has dedicated hundreds of hours to kids in the Mount Roskill community, and it's time for him to be recognised. Source: Seven Sharp

He's described as a true unsung hero, the invisible glue that holds the community together, now an Auckland man who has dedicated years of his life to helping hundreds of kids is being recognised for his work.

Nick Tuialii has given up his free time to coach Mount Roskill kids on the rugby field.

The kind-hearted coach is called "dad" by many of the boys he coaches and has even opened his home to some of them when they needed a roof over their heads.

Nick is fundraising to take a team on a rugby trip to Samoa, thanks to ASB he has been gifted $5000 to help make it happen.

"I don't wanna cry in front of these kids mate," Nick told Seven Sharp's Sam Wallace for their ASB Good as Gold segment, tearing up when surprised with the gift at rugby training.

That was just the beginning of the emotions though, when Nick learned he would also be getting another $5000 for a holiday for him and his wife.

The deserving couple says they will be using the funds to visit their daughter and her husband to be in London.