We add diversity and choice to content available to New Zealand audiences.
Our funding strategy has three goals:
Our job is to invest in important local content that New Zealand’s small market cannot provide alone. Our flexible funding model, unique in the world, allows us to go where the audiences are, as we are not tied to a particular platform.
The NZ Media Fund is the main way we deliver on our investment goals.
The NZ Media Fund has three contestable streams and one closed stream. The contestable streams are Scripted, Factual and Music. The closed stream is Platforms, where we support a number of platforms and services to provide public media content (this includes RNZ).
We aim to invest roughly $40m a year in Scripted content. This funding stream includes audio/visual drama, comedy, animation and other entertaining content requiring a planned creative approach. Projects range from relatively large budget television series and tele-features to smaller-scale quality projects such as webseries. Our Scripted Roadmap (May 2018) sets out our approach to investment in Scripted content.
We aim to invest roughly $40m a year in Factual content. This funding stream invests in audio/visual documentary and factual projects for diverse audiences. Projects may involve different New Zealand regions and cultures, investigate significant local topics, cover events or issues important to our culture and identity, or reveal an aspect of te ao Māori.
We fund the recording of single songs and multi-song projects, music videos, and music promotion to make sure great NZ songs can connect with the widest audience possible. We invest roughly $4.2m a year in music.
We support a number of specially targetted platforms so they can create and deliver audio/visual public media content of particular cultural and social value. This is a closed fund – only currently funded platforms can apply. Funded entities include RNZ, 12 community access radio stations, Pacific radio, two content aggregator websites (NZ On Screen and AudioCulture), and captioning and audio description services.
Sitting alongside the NZ Media Fund, we also provide a small fund to invest in industry support. It supports capability building initiatives and sponsors national pan-sector events and awards.
Applications for the Industry Development Fund are made through our online application system, Eric.
We use nine investment principles:
Our Staff Investment Committee has decision-making authority delegated from the Board for the following application types:
Other funding decisions are made by the Board of NZ On Air.
Setting straight a few myths and misconceptions about what we do and don’t do.