We are an independent government funding agency delivering quality and diverse New Zealand public media content. The audio/visual content we invest in can be found by audiences on many different platforms.
The contestable NZ On Air model is unique in the world. Formed in 1989, with our functions set out in the Broadcasting Act, we invest in authentic New Zealand stories and songs. This content reflects our cultural identity, which in turn helps build social cohesion, inclusion and connection.
In 2017, in response to a dynamic environment and fast-changing audience behaviour, we are transitioning to a new single strategy and platform neutral fund, the NZ Media Fund.
The NZ Media Fund’s aim is: Great New Zealand content is valued and enjoyed by many New Zealand audiences.
The NZ Media Fund is founded on core public media principles. This means the content we invest in will enrich the New Zealand cultural experience and strengthen community life, improve diversity of available content, be accessible and promote informed debate. It may entertain but it will add cultural value.
Funded content can be found on mainstream television, online and on radio. We try to provide something for everyone. We aim to strike a balance of content for both general and targeted audiences.
Strategic Framework 2017
We add diversity and choice to the content available to New Zealand audiences.
NZ On Air is governed by an independent Board of six members appointed by the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media. The Board meets several times a year.
We have a small, specialist team with responsibilities based around our investment work.
These are our current primary accountability documents.
Please click on the link above to experience our online interactive Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2017.
You can also download a complete PDF of the report below, or download the report in 4 sections from the online report homepage.
We try to be as transparent as possible and publish a lot of information about what we do here on this site. If you can't find what you want to know you can file an Official Information Act request.