New Zealand’s Internal Affairs Minister, Peter Dunne, has issued a statement announcing seven new changes to the Film and Literature Board of Review.One notable change is to replace current president Don Mathieson as of January 2016.
Mathieson made headlines in 2015, after Ted Dawe’s novel Into The River was banned .The ban was later lifted by the board, however the decision was not welcomed by Mathieson .
In October 2015, Mathieson delivered a dissenting minority report but the remainder of the board voted to allow the book to be sold without restriction, saying a previous ban on under-14s was no longer justified.
Earlier in the week, Mathieson said he did not expect to be reappointed after two three-year terms, both as president, and did not put his name forward to continue in the job.
He refused to comment on the controversy around Into the River, however he said he was not particularly glad or sorry to be leaving the board, which he joined as a public service.