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:
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.
The March round was a small round due to constrained funds available. The details are all here.
When funding is approved for a project there are a number of steps content producers need to take.
New Zealanders will have more diverse stories reflecting our own identity and interests, and more places to find them, with a raft of new factual content supported by NZ On Air.
A total revamp of the funding model was a major achievement for NZ On Air in 2016/17 as reported in the NZ On Air Annual Report, just tabled in Parliament.