Funding decisions

The latest funding decisions under the NZ Media Fund Factual stream.

Due to changes to our website to reflect the new funding model, the NZ Media Fund, the search engine can only provide results up to May 2017. All funding decisions since then are available below, the latest first.

September 2017

New content:

Living with Tourettes, 6 x 44 mins, 2B Media for Prime, up to $529,000
An inspiring observational documentary series featuring New Zealanders with Tourette Syndrome.

The Great New Zealand Dance Masala, 10 x 24 mins, Top Shelf Productions for Three, up to $507,684
An entertainment competition series based on a New Zealand-wide Indian dance competition.

Namaste New Zealand, 8 x 26 mins, Top Shelf Productions for APNA Television, up to $238,268
Covering a broad range of events, topics, arts and community related stories for the Indian community in New Zealand.

Not My Fate, 1 x 72 mins, Ruckus Media for Three, up to $200,000
The story of one man’s journey to find out about and educate others about a deadly genetic disease, as he battles it himself.

Slick As Ice – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics, 1 x 29 mins + 14 x 300 mins, Attitude Pictures for Duke, up to $193,831
Captivating coverage of our athletes competing at the XII Paralympic Games in South Korea. Coverage will be extended at TVNZ On Demand and

The Real Sex Talk, 12 x 9 mins, Villainesse for, up to $164,554
An entertaining web series for Kiwi teens, giving them reputable, evidence-based information about sexuality, relationships, consent and related topics. Coverage will be extended on The Wireless.

Life After Rugby, 1 x 44 mins, Tikilounge Productions for Prime, up to $163,642
The extraordinary stories of our Pacific sporting legends and the challenges they face when the sports dream ends.

Bus Life NZ – Lives Changed Post Quake, 5 x 8 mins, Bus Life NZ for YouTube, up to $91,550 (Skip Ahead – co-funded by Google/Youtube) This online series will show how one family’s lives changed dramatically after the Christchurch earthquake.

D-Brief, 10 x 3 mins, Very Nice Productions for The Wireless, up to $28,500
A pilot current affairs series for 15-20 year olds discussing topics relevant to their lives, ranging from student fees to reality television.

Returning content:

Attitude 2018, 30 x 29 mins broadcast + 160 mins online, Attitude Pictures for TVNZ 1, up to $1,773,800
The award-winning documentary series authentically showcasing stories of people living with disabilities and significant health conditions.

Fresh 2018, 35 x 23 mins, Tikilounge Productions for TVNZ 2, up to $1,734,630
The popular Māori and Pacifica youth series bring a new line-up of comedy, creativity and culture.

Tagata Pasifika 2018, 50 x 23 mins + 2 x 45 mins, Sunpix for TVNZ 1, up to $1,600,000
The long-running weekly show delivering news, current affairs, sports, issues and entertainment relevant to Pacific Island communities in New Zealand.

Heritage Rescue 3, 8 x 45 mins, Top Shelf Productions for Choice TV, up to $835,191
A small team of heritage experts help locals transform struggling small town museums, bringing fascinating stories of the history of each location.

Both Worlds 7, 8 x 22mins, Notable Pictures for Three, up to $367,521
Eight impassioned young Kiwis let viewers in to their individual pursuits for acceptance, identity and change in Aotearoa.

Arranged 2, 2 x 44 mins (additional), Notable Pictures for Three, up to $178,480
A series uncovering the cultures and religions keeping arranged marriage alive and well in New Zealand.

ANZAC Day 2018, 1 x 55 mins, Screentime New Zealand for TVNZ 1, up to $97,965
Marking 100 years since the end of World War One, 2018’s ANZAC Day National Commemorative Service in Wellington will be broadcast live.


The Coconet TV, Tikilounge Productions, up to $250,000
Stories from around the Pacific hosted on The Coconet.TV including a range of new segments.

The Outlook For Someday, Connected Media Charitable Trust, up to $186,000
Sustainability themed films by emerging young film-makers for young New Zealanders.

New Factual Children's content:

Michelle And The Nanonauts, 21 x 7 mins, Luke Nola And Friends for the children’s platform, up to $498,785
NZ’s ‘nanogirl’ Michelle Dickinson brings kids and science together to explain how things work.

ZooMoo, 400 x 7 mins, NHNZ for the children’s platform, up to $493,940
Bringing the best of the children’s television network back home to New Zealand; specifically targeting kiwi kids by modifying a variety of the most popular series, all connected to the free ZooMoo App.

Riddle + Squizz, 16 x 5 mins, RDYSTDY for the children’s platform, up to $240,857
Real life children’s questions are the basis for creative video montages that encourage enquiry, innovation and critical thinking by 4 – 7 year olds.

Me And George, 12 x 2 mins, Attitude Pictures for the children’s platform, up to $155,655
A series for 5-11 year olds delivering science-based insights to the human body using animation and fun.

Tamariki Takeover, 45 x 3 mins, Blackout Media for the children’s platform, up to $99,000
An un-scripted window into the lives of tamariki all over Aotearoa, showcasing what’s important to them in a fun way.

Hundred99 Little Heroes, 4 x 5 mins, Pukeko Pictures for the children’s platform, up to $45,000
New Zealand stories from children about their unique journey to school, adding to a global project to allow children to share their voice.

Returning Factual Children's Content:

What Now 2018, 40 x 118 mins, Whitebait Productions for TVNZ 2, up to $3,189,000
The popular Sunday morning show for kids heads into its 37th year, both live out on the road around NZ and on the new online children’s platform.

Wild Eyes 2, 10 x 4 mins, POP Film for the children’s platform, up to $173,847
A new set of videos and challenges that aim to get Kiwi kids off screens and engaged in NZ nature, science and the outdoors ... using screens. Originally funded through our Digital Media Fund.

****More results for the September round will be posted soon.

July 2017

New content:

National Anthems, 5 x 52 mins, Notable Pictures for Prime, up to $1,324,608
A documentary series that tells the story of NZ popular music, with a focus on our most-loved songs.

Mistress Mercy, 1 x 90 mins, Gibson Group for TVNZ 1, up to $1,109750
A Sunday Theatre docudrama on a significant NZ murder trial.

Ocean Predators, 3 x 44 mins, Ocean Answers Ltd for Prime, up to $767,030
This heart-racing documentary series takes viewers on thrilling encounters with our oceans’ biggest predators.

I Am..., 6 x 44 mins, Screentime New Zealand for TVNZ 1, up to $749,949
Six intensely emotional first hand accounts of what it means to be different.

How Not To Get Cancer, 4 x 44 mins, Feather And Wolf Media Ltd for TVNZ 1, up to $692,355
A leading cancer surgeon sorts superstition from science as he explores why we die from so many preventable cancers, and what we can do about it.

New Zealand Wars, Great Southern for RNZ, up to $468,000
An interactive online project including a documentary, podcast, battle reconstruction and online museum, telling the story of the 19th century NZ wars.

The Demolition Teams, 10 x 22 mins, Broadcast Media for Prime, up to $369,540
Viewers will be taken inside the hardhat no-go zones inhabited by demolition teams, charged with taking down buildings left unsafe by recent earthquakes.

Intake, 7 x 26 mins, Diva Productions for Māori Television, up to $310,475
A ground-breaking series observing a troop of young recruits as they go through the gruelling basic training to become soldiers in the NZ Army.

Face The Classroom, 2 x 44 mins, Screentime New Zealand for TVNZ 1, up to $213,335
New Zealand’s future voters grill our political leaders in two hour long pre-election specials.

In Foreign Fields, 1 x 52 mins, Ponsonby Productions for Māori Television, up to $197,634
An Anzac Day special asks who owns the bodies of the fallen, as an initiative begins to bring home the last of the bodies of Kiwi soldiers killed in the South East Asian conflicts.

Millennium Teens, 1 x 44 mins, Greenstone TV for TVNZ 1, up to $174,981
We check in on how life has turned out for a group of 18 year olds who were the subject of a documentary filmed in December 1999 on the first NZ babies born in the new millennium.

The Road To Rhythm- 15 Years Of Rhythm And Vines, 4 x 10 mins, NZME Publishing for NZ Herald online, up to $146,847
A documentary series featuring stories from New Zealand’s longest running and most successful music festival.

Marks Of Mana, 1 x 45 mins, Tikilounge Productions for The, up to $119,834
A one-off documentary looking at the art of Pacific Ta Tatau from a female perspective, exploring stories of both the wearers and the creators of Marks of Mana for women.

Zealandia, 3 x 20 mins, White Paper Industries Limited for , up to $74,675
Telling NZ’s untold stories – authentic stories from people living on the fringes of our society, the marginalised and misunderstood.

Sharing The Love, 1 x 20 mins, Cabrikaan Productions Limited for WatchMe, up to $72,117
One family’s intimate story of the challenges and joys of whāngai adoption – the customary Māori practice where a child is brought up by another relative.

Returning content:

Coast New Zealand 3, 6 x 44ins, Great Southern Television for TVNZ 1, up to $1,808,685
A return of the top rating series that brings our people, places and history to life and showcases New Zealand to the world.

Country Calendar 2018, 38 x 22.5 mins, TVNZ for TVNZ 1, up to $538,384
The top-rating documentary series that brings us the stories of the everyday people who work the land and the sea, with beautiful images and mastrful story-telling.

Local Focus 2017/18, 480 x 2 mins, Very Nice Productions, $400,000
Audio/visual regional news and information for Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay and Whanganui.

The South Today, 1200 x 1 min, Allied Press, $397,000
Audio/visual regional news adn information for Southland/Otago

Game Of Bros 3, 7 x 26 mins, Tikilounge Productions for Māori Television, up to $348,392
For the third series Game Of Bros high profile Pacific and Māori actors, singers and sports legends battle it out. Expect humour and adrenaline.

CTV 2017/18, 672 x 2.5 mins, Star Media Ltd, $261,000
Regional audio/visual news and information for Canterbury.

Haukāinga 2017/18, 180 x 3 mins, Te Hiku Media, $180,000
Regional audio/visual news and information for Northland

Attitude Awards 2017, 1 x 59 mins, Attitude Pictures for TVNZ 1, up to $162,100
The annual televised celebration of achievement in the disability community, opening viewers minds to the vast potential of people who live with disabilities and chronic ill health.

Great War Stories 2018, 7 x 4 mins, A C Productions for Three, up to $109,500
The final set of mini documentaries on New Zealanders in the First World War, to screen during prime time news.

Anzac Dawn Service 2018, 1 x 95 mins, for Māori Television by Māori Television, up to $77,442
Live coverage of the Auckland Dawn Service, marking the 102nd Anzac Day, honouring our brave soldiers who fought in all our wars.

The Nutters Club, 18 x 95 mins, The Key To Life Charitable Trust for Newstalk ZB, up to $26,520
The inimitable Mike King and guests remove taboos and encourage conversation, awareness and understanding of mental health and suicide.


May 2017

For results from the May 2017 funding round please see here