Story: Interest groups

Upholding virtue

Upholding virtue

Patricia Bartlett (right) became a household name during the 1970s and 1980s as a highly visible spokesperson for the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards. Bartlett assiduously sought to uphold New Zealanders' virtue by chasing down sexually explicit material and declaring it obscene. She had a few wins. Here she and Internal Affairs Minister Graeme Lee survey a collection of banned pornographic videos handed in during an official amnesty in 1993.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1993/3203/20A
Photograph by Phil Reid

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Raymond Miller, 'Interest groups - Cause interest groups', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Raymond Miller, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Apr 2020