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According to research from the Otago and Auckland Universities, children aged 11 to 13 are exposed to around 27 unhealthy food advertisements per day. The authors call for urgent action to reduce children’s exposure to marketing of unhealthy fo...

Academics from the University of Auckland have called for statutory restrictions on ‘unhealthy’ food advertising to children. They believe the new industry’s “Children and Young People’s Advertising Code” fails to ...

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) released a new “Children and Young People’s Advertising Code” which updates and combines the current provisions on food marketing to children. The new Code maintains the definition of childr...

In a piece of research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on 9 September, academics from the University of Auckland recommend the adoption of WHO Europe’s nutrient profile model to halt the advertising of ‘unhealthy’ foods...

A study by the University of Otago published in the International Journal of Consumer Studies found that parents support a ban on TV advertising to pre-school children. The authors surveyed more than 2000 parents about their lifestyle and attit...

Consumer NZ has called for strengthening of advertising standards and for existing codes to be evaluated. According to health advocates, food marketing (including sponsorship) makes unhealthy food more appealing to children and contributes to childre...

In their response to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)’s consultation on the review of the Code on advertising to children, several health organisations have called for restrictions on the marketing of ‘unhealthy’ food ...

The New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched a public consultation on the revision of its general rules on advertising to children – defined as individuals under the age of 14 - and of the specific rules on food advertisin...

On 19 October, New Zealand Health Minister Jonathan Coleman announced the launch of a comprehensive strategy to reduce childhood obesity, including a review of the advertising codes. The Childhood Obesity plan states that children’s food choic...

On 20 July, the Horizon Research released results of a poll which found that 73% of the public supports government action on restricting unhealthy food marketing to children. 12.5 % of respondents were strongly or somewhat against the idea. Accordin...

In an article published in the July edition of the New Zealand Medical Journal, Professors Boyd Swinburn and Stefanie Vandevijvere from the University of Auckland call on the government to restrict food marketing to children which is “powerful,...

A paper published in the May 2015 World Health Organisation (WHO) Bulletin reveals broad support among the public health community in New Zealand for restrictions on food marketing to children. This is in line with recommendations from the recently f...

According to media reports, Burger King will remove promotional toys from children’s menu, after stopping the televised advertising of meals targeted at children. Toys will be removed from children’s meals in all 82 of its outlets in...

A new survey commissioned by broadcast funding agency NZ On Air and the Broadcasting Standards Authority found that YouTube is the most popular platform for 35% of the children surveyed compared with the most popular television channel TV 2 at 32%. ...

Researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand revealed the results of a study exploring the nature and extent of food marketing in children’s magazines. The study found that popular magazines targeting minors tend to promote unheal...

An Otago University (Dunedin) survey of 506 parents found preschoolers' peak TV viewing times fall outside of "preschool viewing" - a timeslot in which channels agree not to run advertising under the self-regulating broadcasting system – and th...

In an academic study to be published in the Journal “Obesity reviews”, Otago Wellington researchers urge governments to ban “junk food” advertising to children under 16 years old in order to fight increasing rates of childhood...

Research currently being carried out by Dr Leah Watkins from Otago University found that, despite industry guidelines restricting advertising of 'less healthy food' during children’s programming times, 60% of parents are worried about the ...

In a study published on 11 February in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers claim that policies should restrict sports sponsorship to limit children’s exposure to “unhealthy food”. Such sponsorship undermines government’...

On 24 March, ThinkTV, an association of major free-to-air television broadcasters, updated its voluntary restrictions on advertising to children. In their revised guidelines, “Getting it right for children”, the New Zealand broadcasters ...