Home' The Wellingtonian : March 29th 2012 Contents 12 THE WELLINGTONIAN, MARCH 29, 2012
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Censor's insatiable curiosity
Joseph Romanos talks
to Andrew Jack, who
became the chief
censor last March,
about collecting flying
hieroglyphics and doing
his own upholstery.
Andrew Jack on censorship: ''It's more clinical than people would imagine.''
Let's discuss a few of your
interests. First, reading
It's a result of my studies in
Greek. I'm still interested in it,
but don't do a lot. I can read it. It's
a matter of deciphering it. Some
words you have to look up.
Do hieroglyphics vary
according to location and
Not as much as you'd imagine.
By 3000BC, the language was
fully formed, so it stayed
unchanged for a few thousand
years. There's probably more dif-
ference between Shakespearean
and modern English.
Playing the bagpipes?
I liked the sound from them
when I was a little lad. At school
I managed to find a music teacher
and learned how to play. In Wel-
lington I joined a band. It was
They've very loud. Any
It could be a bit trying for
flatmates, so I'd go to parks or car
parks in central Wellington. The
car parks were pretty cold but at
least they were dry and they were
suitably remote. You don't play for
long anyway -- 15 or 20 minutes
and you're doing well.
I understand you do your
I have been doing that for about
three years. Our dog ate our
lounge suite so we've been busy
re-covering it. I like to get hold of
old furniture, such as my parents'
old lounge suite given to them by
my grandparents to celebrate my
birth, and work on it. I do re-
covering and respringing.
Here's another one -- dia-
My wife worked in the jewellery
trade. Through her, I met people
wanting to start an organisation
to protect customers' rights. So we
formed the Jewellery Appraisal
Society of New Zealand. I got
interested in the industry and in
diamonds. I did a correspondence
course, then a one-week course in
Christchurch to learn how to
How much of it is guess-
I'd never graded diamonds
before I got to Christchurch. By
the end of the week I was getting
it 96 per cent right. It's a skill and
a pretty exact science.
One more. You collect flying
When I was working for the
police I remarked one day that
some legislation would be passed.
A colleague remarked that pigs
would fly'' before that happened.
But the legislation went through
and he duly presented me with an
ornament of a flying pig. Since
then I've collected some more, and
I must admit, I quite like them.
I see you ride motorbikes.
Yes. When I was at university I
used a small motorbike as a
means of getting around. Now we
have a Harley and use it for fun,
to get away on weekends. The
weather's got to be good, though.
You have five degrees. Did
you ever get sick of studying?
I've always been naturally curi-
ous. The requirement to write
essays and theses was a way of
keeping you focused. Actually I'm
part way through a quantity sur-
veying degree. I think I'll be fin-
ished it in 2014 at the pace I'm
In the censor's office, are
games becoming more of an
I remember the first computer
games I saw, that ping pong ball
bouncing across the screen. I used
to be fascinated by it. Computer
games now are many generations
ahead of that. There is a wider
range of games and some are very
complicated. There are some viol-
ent ones. It can take 90 or 120
minutes to get through the multi
levels. We have people here who
are games specialists and also we
get given codes so we can bypass
Are our censorship laws
rigid or relaxed?
I feel they're about right. They
very much reflect New Zealand. If
we compare them to Australia,
which is so close to us in many
ways, some of the things they
classify high because of sexual
content, we might let through. On
the other hand, what we might
classify as R16 or R18 here
because of the level of violence
might not get such a high classifi-
cation in Australia.
Is censorship more a matter
of law or intuition?
It's more clinical than people
would imagine. The statute is
very detailed and we undertake a
methodical and objective practice.
We are hugely analytical, but
having said that, I'm the only law-
yer in the office.
Do you see everything that
leaves the office?
That would be impossible, but
my deputy or I sign off on all
classifications. I tend to do the
ones that are likely to be contro-
versial or where there is a pros-
pect of them being banned.
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