Current News and Media Releases

Upcoming Workshops: Social Media and ASA 101

Do you ever consider how well you and your people know and understand the ASA Codes and processes? Or perhaps you’ve recently experienced the complaints process for the first time? While the Advertising Standards may not always be top of mind in your busy job, they are a key part of maintaining advertising self-regulation in… Read More

2018’s Most Complained About Ads

We recently released our 2018 Annual Report, and included in this were summaries of our five most complained about advertisements. Number Five: Fluoride Free New Zealand, Print – 6 complaints: Not Upheld Complainants said the advertisement was misleading and played on fear. The complaints were upheld, in part. The Advertiser appealed the Decision. The Appeal… Read More

New Decisions: Burgers, Cars and More

The complainant said that parts of the menu were sexist and the burgers were likened to females in a derogatory manner. The Chair noted the ASA does not have jurisdiction to consider the names of products, in this case, the names of the burgers.  Given the Advertiser’s co-operative engagement with the process and the self-regulatory action taken in amending the advertisement…

Media Release: ASA 2018 Annual Report Released

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) released its 2018 annual report today.   The report highlights the work of the ASA as the regulator of all ads in all media. Significant projects included the launch of the Advertising Standards Code, a substantial consolidation of six codes into one to support responsible advertising and the end of… Read More

Media Release: ASA Releases 2018 Advertising Turnover

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today reported that advertising revenue across all main media was 2.633 billion dollars for the 12 months ended 31 December 2018. The 2017 total was 2.561 billion dollars. The turnover includes data from television, newspapers, interactive media, radio, magazines, outdoor, addressed mail, unaddressed mail, and cinema.

ICAS announces winners of Global Awards

The International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS) announced the winners of its first ICAS Global Awards. The judges issued a Special Mention for the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for effective self-regulatory practices through its Code Consolidation project, completed in 2018. 

Media Release: New Code for Responsible Gambling Advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today released its new Gambling Advertising Code following a review of the Code for Advertising Gaming and Gambling. The Code recognises that gambling advertisements must not undermine the need for the prevention and minimisation of gambling-related harm.