Into the River banned: Award-winning sex and drugs teen novel off the shelves

NZ Herald 7 September 2015
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.”
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/books/news/article.cfm?c_id=134&objectid=11508895

Racy teen novel Into the River banned after Family First complaint
Stuff co.nz 7 September 2015
An award-winning Kiwi novel has been banned after a complaint by conservatives, potentially sparking a wave of new restrictions on books with sexually explicit content.

The teen novel Into the River by Auckland author Ted Dawe has gone through a considerable censorship battle.

The interim ban makes it a crime to supply, display, or distribute the book in any way – if one knows about the order. Individuals and organisations who knowingly supply the banned book are liable of fines of up to $3000 and $10,000 respectively. The ban includes schools and libraries.

It is the first time an interim ban has been imposed on a book since the current law was passed 22 years ago.

Conservative lobbying group Family First, who pushed for the review and an R18 restriction, applauded the decision.

“We’ve empowered parents to start expressing their concerns about books more,” leader Bob McCoskrie said. “We believe the censor is out of touch with material parents don’t want their kids to be reading.”

McCoskrie supported a wider move to a film-like sticker rating system for books.

“We do it for movies so why not books? I think to be honest parents expect this to be happening.”

“These books can exert a significant influence. We just think its about age appropriateness.”

Family First claim the censor has received over 400 letters from concerned parents.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/71797069/Racy-teen-novel-Into-the-River-banned-after-Family-First-complaint

‘Explicit’ teen novel gets blacklisted by NZ censors – so it’s now illegal to sell it
OneNewsNow 7 September 2015
Ted Dawe’s coming-of-age novel Into the River has been black-listed by the Film and Literature Board of Review at the request of conservative family values group Family First.

It’s the latest twist for a book embroiled in a back-and forth censorship battle since controversially taking out top prize in the 2013 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards.

In a strongly worded order, review board president Dr Don Mathieson said he had accepted the concerns of Family First and the hundreds of families who wrote to the censor’s office to protest the content, themes and availability of the book.

Bob McCoskrie, national director of Family First, said the decision was appropriate for a book “laced with detailed descriptions of sex acts, coarse language and scenes of drug-taking”.

He said it was most significant the review board agreed with Family First’s concerns that the lack of classification would set a dangerous precedent.

“Our concern was that the classification will …. exert a significant influence upon other decisions portraying teenage sex and drug-taking,” Mr McCoskrie said.

Family First would now prepare a submission to the review board that includes 400 complaints made to the censor about the book’s content.

Under the interim ban it was now illegal to sell or supply the book anywhere in New Zealand.
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/-explicit-teen-novel-gets-blacklisted-by-nz-censors-so-it-s-now-illegal-to-sell-q09423

‘Will I be burnt next?’ – Into the River author Ted Dawe on book banning
NZ Herald 7 September 2015
The author of the first book to be banned in New Zealand for at least 22 years is asking: “Will I be burnt next?”

Ted Dawe, 64, the head of studies at Taylors College for international students in Auckland, is the unlikely subject of the first interim restriction order on a book under the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/books/news/article.cfm?c_id=134&objectid=11509128

Book banned after Christian complaint
Radio NZ News 7 September 2015
The author of an award-winning young adults book says he is appalled it has been banned after a complaint from a Christian lobby group.

The Film and Literature Board of Review has placed an interim restriction order on Into The River, by Auckland author Ted Dawe, meaning it cannot be sold, lent or displayed by anyone.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/283482/book-banned-after-christian-complaint

Family First get book banned pending review
NewsTalk ZB 7 September 2015
An award-winning but controversial children’s book has been taken off the selves while its classification is reviewed.

Family First New Zealand won its bid for an Interim Restriction Order for ‘Into the River’ by Ted Dawe.
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/family-first-get-book-banned-pending-review/

Award-winning book banned in NZ
Otago Daily Times 7 September 2015
The author of the first book to be banned in New Zealand for at least 22 years is asking: “Will I be burnt next?”

His book for teenagers, Into the River, won top prize in New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards in 2013. But it has been banned from sale or supply under the order issued by the president of the Film and Literature Board of Review, Don Mathieson, QC.
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/354984/award-winning-book-banned-nz

Banned book removed from library
SunLive 7 September 2015
The only copy of a now banned book has been removed from Tauranga City Library’s young adult’s section and ‘put aside’ says city libraries manager Jill Best.

The award-winning Kiwi novel Into The River by Auckland author Ted Dawe has been banned following complaints regarding sexually explicit content.
http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/108736-banned-book-removed-from-library.html

Teen novel prompts first New Zealand book ban in decades
Yahoo News 7 September 2015
New Zealand censors sparked outrage on Monday after banning an award-winning teen novel that includes sex and bullying, making it the first book removed from shelves in more than two decades.

Auckland author Ted Dawe said he was “blindsided” by the ban on his coming-of-age story “Into the River”, which won the New Zealand Post children’s book of the year in 2013.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/29456950/teen-novel-prompts-first-new-zealand-book-ban-in-decades/

Teen book stripped from shelves
SkyNews 7 September 2015
An award-winning teen book has been stripped from New Zealand library and bookshop shelves after been hit with an interim ban for explicit content.

Ted Dawe’s coming-of-age novel Into the River has been black-listed by the NZ Film and Literature Board of Review at the request of conservative family values group Family First.
http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/asiapacific/2015/09/07/teen-book-stripped-from-shelves.html

Award-winning teen book Into the River banned in New Zealand
3News 7 September 2015
An award-winning teen book has been stripped from library and bookshop shelves after been hit with an interim ban for explicit content.

Ted Dawe’s coming-of-age novel Into the River has been black-listed by the Film and Literature Board of Review at the request of conservative family values group Family First.
http://www.3news.co.nz/entertainment/award-winning-teen-book-into-the-river-banned-in-new-zealand-2015090711#axzz3l66RLpkX

‘There’re way worse things on the internet’ – racy novel’s ban puzzles teens
OneNewsNow 8 September 2015
Some teenagers say they can’t understand why a book aimed at them which features scenes of sex and drug-taking has been banned when they could access more explicit content on the internet if they wanted to.

Auckland public libraries had asked the censor to lift restrictions on the award-winning Kiwi novel Into The River by Ted Dawe, provoking a Family First-sponsored review, and the interim banning of the book.
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/-there-re-way-worse-things-on-the-internet-racy-novel-s-ban-puzzles-teens-q09521

Young adult novel Into the River banned in New Zealand over ‘sexual content and drug taking’
The Independent 8 September 2015
An award-winning young adult novel has been banned in New Zealand following complaints about the book’s depiction of drug taking and sexual content.

Into the River by New Zealand author Ted Dawe has been placed under an interim ban, making organisations who knowingly supply the banned book liable to fines of up to NZ$10,000.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/young-adult-novel-into-the-river-banned-in-new-zealand-over-sexual-content-and-drug-taking-10490065.html

New Zealand bans award-winning teenage novel after outcry from Christian group
The Guardian 7 September 2015
An award-winning young adult novel has become the first book in more than 20 years to be banned in New Zealand after an outcry from a Christian group.

Ted Dawe’s Into the River has been banned from sale or supply by the Film and Literature Board of Review (FLBR) after a complaint from conservative lobby group Family First.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/07/new-zealand-bans-into-the-river-teenage-novel-outcry-christian-group

WARNING: The horrific moment a bungee jumper hits the water
TVNZ  9 September 2015 The head of Family First, whose opposition to Ted Dawe’s coming-of-age novel Into The River has seen it temporarily banned, says he has read the book and it’s “two hours of my life that I won’t recover”. The award-winning novel has been pulled from

New Zealand Bans Young Adult Book Over ‘Cussing and Ejaculation’
VICE News  9 September 2015
An award-winning young adult novel has been banned by New Zealand’s Film and Literature Board of Review (FLBR) amid mounting pressure from conservative Christians, who objected to the book’s “detailed descriptions of sex acts, coarse language, and …

Into The River by Ted Dawe. Photo / NZME
New Zealand Herald 9 September 2015
Attorney-General Chris Finlayson says the Government should review the law on the classification of books after the interim ban on Ted Dawe’s teenage novel Into The River. Mr Finlayson said the decision to ban the sale and supply of the book for

Can you pick the quotes from Ted Dawe’s banned novel Into the River?
The Guardian 9 September 2015 
More Than This has an explicit sex scene in it, showing tenderness between two boys. Go ahead, New Zealand, ban it, I f******* dare you. — John Boyne (@john_boyne) September 7, 2015. As a reader & writer, I stand full square with Ted Dawe & I know …

New Zealand bans young adult novel; first book ban in 22 years 
CNN 9 September 2015 
“Into the River,” a novel by New Zealand author Ted Dawe, has been banned after complaints from a family advocacy group. (CNN) — New Zealand has banned its first book in 22 years after an award-winning New Zealand author’s novel was criticized for its …

Banned book Into the River ‘is one of the best teen novels going’
Stuff.co.nz 8 September 2015
Ted Dawe’s first novel, Thunder Road, set the scene for his exploration of the dark side of teenage life which has triggered controversy in the follow-up, Into the River. OPINION: The interim ban of Ted Dawe’s novel Into the River is, in my opinion

Silent protest over Into the River book banning
Stuff.co.nz 8 September 2015
Dunedin author Emma Neale will hold a silent reading protest against the ban for Ted Dawe’s book, Into The River. A silent reading protest against the banning of a book is spreading nationwide. Dunedin author Emma Neale, who worked on the initial …

Experts call ban of Ted Dawe’s Into The River novel over sexual content
Daily Mail 8 September 2015
Australia’s leading parenting experts have slammed the decision to ban an award-winning children’s novel as ‘ludicrous’ and ‘extreme’ following complaints over sexually explicit content and offensive material. Conservative Christian lobby group Family

New Zealand bans prize-winning young adult novel Into The River over sex scenes
Sydney Morning Herald 8 September 2015
An award-winning Kiwi novel has been banned after a complaint by religious conservatives, potentially sparking a wave of new restrictions in New Zealand on books with sexually explicit content. The teen novel Into the River by Auckland author Ted Dawe …

So what’s all the fuss about Ted Dawe’s book Into the River?
Stuff.co.nz 8 September 2015
The 64-year-old author of award-winning teen novel Into the River has taught at Aorere College and Dilworth School. He is now director of studies at Taylors College for international studies in Auckland. His first novel Thunder Road, a prequel to Into

Ted Dawe’s Into The River is 1st book to be banned in New Zealand in over 2 …
Daily Mail 7 September 2015 
At the centre of the issue for the objectors were detailed descriptions of sex acts and drug use, and the use of an offensive term for female genitalia. The order was issued by the president of the board of review, Dr Don Mathieson, an active Christian …

New Zealand: Award-winning Into the River novel banned
BBC News 7 September 2015 
Censors in New Zealand have placed an interim ban on an award-winning book for teenagers – the first such restriction in more than 20 years. It’s now illegal to sell or distribute Into the River by Ted Dawe, including at schools and libraries, the

Teen novel draws first New Zealand book ban in decades
gulfnews.com 7 September 2015
Wellington: New Zealand censors sparked outrage on Monday after banning an award-winning teen novel that includes sex and bullying, making it the first book removed from shelves in more than two decades. Auckland author Ted Dawe said he was …

New Zealand bans novel with sex, bullying
Business Standard 7 September 2015
New Zealand has banned an award-winning teen novel that includes sex and bullying, making it the first book to be removed from shelves in over two decades, the media reported on Monday. The Film and Literature Board of Review has placed an interim …

Into the River: New Zealand bans award-winning teen novel that includes sex
ABC Online 7 September 2015 
New Zealand censors have sparked outrage after banning an award-winning teen novel that includes sex and bullying, making it the first book to be removed from shelves in more than two decades. Auckland author Ted Dawe said he was “blindsided” by the …

Why Did New Zealand Ban ‘Into The River,’ And Will The YA Novel Ever Be Available?
Bustle 9 September 2015
We like to think of book bans as a thing of the past. Sure, people occasionally speak out against a book pick, but few people are campaigning to seize, burn, and ban the titles they oppose. That’s what makes the latest book news so shocking, and has

‘Into the River’ Banned in New Zealand
GalleyCat 9 September 2015 
Into the River by Ted Dawe has been banned in New Zealand after complaints from Christian groups. The book, which won the New Zealand Post Children’s Book award in 2013, is aimed at teenage boys and was banned for the inclusion of sex and drugs in …

Award-winning ‘Into the River’ novel banned in NZ
The Rakyat Post 9 September 2015 
New Zealand’s Film and Literature Board of Review has placed an interim ban on ‘Into the River’ by Ted Dawe, an award-winning book for teenagers. Adjust Font Size: WELLINGTON, Sept 8, 2015: New Zealand censors have placed an interim ban on an …

New Zealand bans young adult novel
KTXS 9 September 2015
New Zealand has banned its first book in 22 years after an award-winning New Zealand author’s novel was criticized for its offensive language and gratuitous sexual imagery.

Editorial: Nothing better than a ban to lift interest
Wanganui Chronicle 9 September 2015 
WELL, thank goodness Ted Dawe’s award-winning teenage novel Into The River has been banned. For starters, it was long overdue. We haven’t had a book banning for 22 years and it’s more than 70 years since Adolf Hitler led the way with mass book …

A Bookshop Explains Why the Into the River Ban is Dumb
3News 9 September 2015
Jenna Todd of Auckland’s Time Out Bookstore explains why she and her co-workers have set up an ‘offensive books window’ to protest the interim ban on Ted Dawe’s novel Into the River. In 2013, we displayed a sign outside of our store that said, ‘Proudly …

New Zealand: Censors ban award-winning teen novel Into the River by Ted Dawe
Yahoo News UK 9 September 2015
Censors in New Zealand have banned Into the River, an award-winning teen novel from its shelves, making it the first book to be removed from shelves in more than two decades. The book, which won the New Zealand Post children’s book of the year in 2013, …

Book’s banning ‘exceedingly troubling’
Voxy 8 September 2015
The decision by the President of the Film and Literature Board of Review, Dr Don Mathieson, QC, to issue an Interim Restriction Order banning the sale or distribution of Auckland author Ted Dawe’s award-winning novel for teenagersInto the River, …

School librarians nonplussed by book ban
Radio NZ News 9 September 2015
School librarians are in uproar after being told to take copies of banned book IntoThe River off their shelves.

The award-winning book is off limits until the Film and Literature board of review decides next month whether to give it an age restriction following a challenge by lobby group Family First.

Meanwhile, other books containing sex and violence, such as the Game of Thrones series, remain on their shelves.

President of the School Library Association Miriam Tuohy says a lot of schools have copies of Into the River and librarians are not happy about the ban.

“There’s been probably fair to say, a bit of an uproar about it.”
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/283651/school-librarians-nonplussed-by-ban

Censorship is alive in New Zealand. I should know: my book was banned
The Guardian  10 September 2015
The censorship of my award-winning young adult novel, Into The River, made me a minor literary celebrity. All I wanted was to get working-class boys to read. Teacher and author of Into The River, Ted Dawe. Photograph: Supplied. Wednesday 9 September …

New Zealand protests planned in solidarity with banned book
The Guardian  10 September 2015
Crime scene … Auckland’s Time Out Bookstore has made a window display of banned books. Photograph: Jenna Todd/ Auckland books/PR. Alison Flood. Wednesday 9 September 2015 11.27 EDT Last modified on Wednesday 9 September 2015 19.01 EDT.

Amazon removes Into the River ebook
Stuff.co.nz 9 September 2015
Online retailer Amazon has removed an electronic version of Ted Dawe’s Into the River after it was slapped with an interim ban earlier this week. The ebook version of the novel was available for purchase in New Zealand for some time after the …

Auckland bookstore’s quiet protest against banned book

Stuff.co.nz 9 September 2015
An Auckland bookshop’s protest against the banning of an award-winning book has brought it huge attention on social media. The Film and Literature Board of Review has put an interim restriction order on Ted Dawe’s young adult novel Into The River …