Informing diverse audiences

We will invest around $40m in the 2017/18 year in Factual content for diverse audiences on a variety of platforms.


The Factual content we fund includes audio/visual documentary and factual projects that 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.

One of our core functions under the Broadcasting Act 1989 is to reflect and develop New Zealand identity and culture. With a clear strategy and single platform-neutral fund (the NZ Media Fund) we do this by investing in quality, diverse and discoverable content.

We balance our priorities between audiences and content types so that New Zealanders can find locally made content that appeals to them on the platforms they use.

We fund content for a variety of platforms. A qualifying commissioning platform is defined in our strategy for the NZ Media Fund as one that:

  • offers to co-invest in the production budget
  • provides free access to the content
  • provides a promotions plan for the funded content
  • can provide an audience for funded content that is appropriate for the size of the investment
  • will provide audience data after release
  • is an established, viable business
  • has a sustained commitment to local content for New Zealand audiences.

Please note: All material submitted to NZ On Air is covered by the Official Information Act.

To apply for funding you must first register as an applicant using our online applications system Eric. Registered applicants can manage applications through their personal dashboard, nominate supporting platforms, and update business information. Applications not submitted through Eric will not be considered.

Register and apply here.

We have five funding rounds a year. All deadlines are now 4pm on the date stated.

Please be aware that all your applications are covered by the Official Information Act - read more here.


July funding decisions

This was the first round of the new NZ Media Fund. We had 50 applications for Factual content. The details are all here.

When funding is approved for a project there are a number of steps content producers need to take.

  • Initiating a Production Funding Agreement
  • Meeting milestones and providing reports on progress to trigger the drawdown of funds at agreed stages
  • Specific requirements for accrediting NZ On Air on the content
  • In some cases, supplying sales income reports regularly after the content has been delivered

Download Forms and Guidelines for each step of the process