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This research explored whether the New Zealand food advertising system protects children's right to health by protecting them from exposure to the marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS). It examines the decisions made through the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) complaints process in relation to international obligations to protect child rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC).


Funded by the Cancer Society of New Zealand, Wellington Branch.


Bowers S, Signal L & Jenkin G. Does current industry self-regulation of food marketing in New Zealand protect children from exposure to unhealthy food advertising? Report prepared for the Cancer Society of New Zealand by The Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit, University of Otago, Wellington, 2012.

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University of Otago, Wellington
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Wellington South 6242
New Zealand
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