What we do

The Online Media Standards Authority (OMSA) is a self-regulatory body, which handles complaints about news and current affairs published online by any of its members.

OMSA’s objective is to maintain proper and generally acceptable standards in online news and current affairs. All our members have agreed to abide by a Code of Standards when publishing content on their websites or social media sites. This Code of Standards is used by OMSA’s independent Complaints Committee when considering the merits of any complaints.

The Complaints Committee is chaired by retired Court of Appeal Judge Sir Bruce Robertson and comprises of seven members – four from the public (including the Chair) and three nominated by the media industry.

OMSA is fully funded by its members and is similar in structure to the Advertising Standards Authority and the New Zealand Press Council.

Find our more about the content and publishers we cover

View the Code of Standards

Find out more about how we work

View our constitution