In March 2009, the Minister for Communications and IT, Steven Joyce, stated that the government had been following Internet censorship in Australia, and had no plans to introduce something similar in New Zealand. He acknowledged that filtering can cause delays for all Internet users, and that those who are determined to get around any filter will find a way to do so.
In July 2009, it was reported that the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) had plans to introduce Internet filtering in New Zealand. The project, using a Swedish software, cost $150,000.
In March 2010, the Department of Internal Affairs has admitted that the filter is operational and is already being used.
The Department of Internal Affairs maintains a secret list of banned sites and their internet addresses...