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.

May 2018

Suffrage Factual Content

Secret Life Of Girls, 2 x 44 mins, Screentime New Zealand for TVNZ 1, up to $269,717 A hidden camera experiment exploring how young Kiwi girls see their place in society, and their own futures.

The Forgotten Wāhine, 1 x 52 mins, Villainesse Limited for Māori Television, up to $250,558 The stories of the Māori women who stood alongside suffragists in their own fight for equality.

All That Separates, 42 mins, Vanishing Point for Noted, up to $242,208 NZ’ers bring modern relevance to Kate Sheppard’s words through an interactive spoken word video.

What Women Want?, 1 x 120 mins, Diva Productions for, up to $208,326 A Q&A show asking what needs to change for women to truly be equal with men in 21st century NZ.

Minimum, 10 x 4 mins, Notable Pictures for The Wireless, up to $158,472 Interviews and animations of NZ women of all ages, races and sexualities working minimum wage jobs.

125 Years of Suffrage - The Three Waves Of Feminism, 3 x 20 mins, White Paper Industries for, up to $142,225 Exploring three waves of feminism, and their impact on NZ women today.

Conversations, 6 x 12 mins, Tawera Productions for E-Tangata, up to $139,640 Acknowledging the women of colour who are often ignored in suffrage celebrations.

Kiwi Women Who Changed The World, 12 x 3 mins, NZME for NZ Herald online, up to $115,168 A web-series celebrating the NZ women who – in major and small ways – changed the world.

Aren’t, Can’t, Don’t, 2 x 13 mins, Storybox for The Spinoff, up to $99,997 Exploring the stories of women who can’t, don’t and aren’t able to vote, and why that matters.

Daughters Of The Migration, 5 x 12 mins, Tikilounge Productions for, up to $98,958 Contrasting the lives of five Pasifika women in NZ with their 1st generation migrant mothers and grandmothers.

General Factual Content

That’s A Bit Racist, 2 x 44 mins, Jam TV for TVNZ 1, up to $388,331 Examining the cause and effect of casual or unconscious racism in NZ.

Slow, 12 x 60 mins, Greenstone TV for Prime, up to $263,749 A real-time road trip showcasing the unique and beautiful landscape of NZ and its history.

Dreaming, 1 x 44 mins, Notable Pictures for Three, up to $204,586 Exploring the impact of addiction on a life, career and family.

The Centenary Of The Battle Of Le Quesnoy, 6 x 4 mins + 5 x 2 mins, Homegrown Television for NZ Herald online, up to $113,156 Short clips and podcasts telling the story of NZ men who freed an occupied French town in WWI.

Renee’s Brain, 1 x 42 mins, 2B Media for Prime, up to $110,000 Renee, severely afflicted by Tourette’s syndrome, embarks on treatment that could save her life.

The Parris Project: World Tour, 12 x 12 mins, Taktix Films for, up to $100,800 A behind the scenes look at Parris Goebel’s creative process and struggles as she tours with her Royal family.

The Kiwi, The Knight and the Qashqai, 1 x 48 mins, Top Shelf Productions for Choice TV, up to $95,426 A NZ woman’s love of an Iranian tribe and their dying art and culture leads to a surprise invitation from Sir David Attenborough.

Smokefree Rockquest/Tangata Beats Webisodes, 29 x 3 mins, Rockquest Productions for ZM online, up to $50,000 NZ youth showcase their talent, original music and unique cultural identities in NZ’s biggest youth music event.

Kaikoura: A Big Year, 1 x 42 mins, DC Media for TVNZ 1, up to $48,972 A story of resilience and community in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the small tourist town of Kaikoura.

March 2018


A Paper World, App, Kiwa Digital, up to $146,011 An app where augmented reality and crafting paper origami models are combined to enable children to create and care for their own digital world.

Hide & Seek With Kiri & Lou, App, Field Theory, up to $236,940 Hide & Seek with Kiri and Lou utilizes newly released AR platforms, allowing kids to hide and discover augmented reality characters in their own real world.


In Zone, 1 x 80 mins, Vendetta Productions for TVNZ Ondemand, up to $135,000 In an effort to break cycles of racial inequality, a Chicago man is inspired to start a home for Māori & Pasifika teens – supporting them to access well-resourced schools

International Artist: Alien Weaponry, 10 x 5 mins, The Downlowconcept for Radio New Zealand, up to $133,299 With unique fly on the wall access to Alien Weaponry, this documentary will follow the boys and
their Whanau from Waipu to the World.


Easter 2018, 22 x 52 mins, Christian Broadcasting Association for NewstalkZB, up to $27,077 A mix of thoughtful Easter-focused commentary, interviews, talk back, creative featurettes and contributors from around NZ.

Generation What?, 21 x 8 mins, Greenstone TV for TVNZ Ondemand, up to $157,492
21 video portraits of 18-34 yr old New Zealanders as part of the world's largest transmedia campaign,capturing the hopes, fears, bias and brilliance of this age group.

Generation What? - The Price Of Sex, 8 x 22 mins,Greenstone TV for TVNZ Ondemand, up to $190,000 The Price of Sex is a fast-paced, thought-provoking look at the contribution sex makes to New Zealand society and the economy – and our role as consumers

December 2017

New content:

The Spinoff TV, 16 x 23 mins, Great Southern Television for Three and The Spinoff, up to $698,947

A new approach to current affairs for online and linear television audiences.

Anika Moa Unleashed, 14 x 12 mins, Rogue Productions for TVNZ On Demand and Maori Television, up to $329,785

The irrepressible Anika Moa meets interesting people throughout NZ on their home turf.

The Negotiators, 7 x 26 mins, Tawera Productions for Māori Television, up to $328,366

A window into the world of treaty settlements between iwi and crown through the eyes of key negotiators.

Brainboxes, 2 x 44 mins, Screentime New Zealand for TVNZ 1, up to $259,836

Viewers discover what it’s like to grow up gifted in New Zealand as we meet gifted children and their parents.

The Silence Project, 5 x 9 mins, Augusto for, up to $246,993

Delivering on a promise to friend, a film graduate delves into the last 24 hours of that friend’s life, after her suicide.

Hijacked, 6 x 10 mins, Three Feathers Productions for The Wireless, up to $194,392

An online documentary dissecting the influence of black culture, in particular hip hop on Aotearoa’s youth.

Emma, 5 x 10 mins, Fairfax NZ for Stuff, up to $189,562

Online interactive documentary exploring the story of a Russian orphan adopted by NZ parents in the 90s and her quest to find her family.

House Of Champions, 1 x 44 mins, Slater Films for Three, up to $178,054

A one-off documentary following three athletes on the road to Special Olympics glory.

Frame, 6 x 5 mins, Wrestler Limited for The Spinoff, up to $150,000

A filmmaker-driven series examining current affairs and contemporary life in New Zealand.

On Thin Ice: Dancing On Icebergs, 1 x 72 mins Top Shelf Productions for Choice TV, up to $138,268

A challenge like no other – a choreographed dance on the Antarctic ice.

The Barber, 8 x 8 mins, Black Iris Limited for Māori Television On Demand, up to $113,979

A documentary web series about the Māori and Pacific community of men who frequent a Hastings barbershop.

Great South Stories, 12 x 4 mins, Hinge productions for, up to $87,444

A webseries on the greatly diverse peoples of Auckland’s Great South Road.

The Male Gayz, 6 x 25 mins, Little Empire Podcast Network for TVNZ On Demand, up to $59,125

A chat show hosted by comedians Eli Matthewson and Chris Parker aiming to entertain and educate New Zealand about LBGTQIA+ issues.

Returning content:

Lost & Found 4, 12 x 44 mins, Warner Bros. NZ for Three, up to $1,032,122

The popular series reuniting families, discovering cultural identity and lost family heritage.

NewsHub Nation, 40 x 50 mins, MediaWorks TV for Three, up to $917,000

An in-depth weekly current affairs show focusing on the major players and forces that shape New Zealand.

Grand Designs NZ 4, 9 x 44 mins, Imagination Television for Three, up to $900,000

The popular series finds more challenging new home builds throughout New Zealand.

Q + A 2018, 40 x 44 mins, TVNZ for TVNZ 1, up to $846,000.

Political current affairs as weekly appointment viewing.

What Next? 2, 4 x 44 mins, Ruckus Media for TVNZ 1, up to $727,093

A continuation of a national conversation about big ideas for the future.

The Hui 3, 40 x 28 mins, Great Southern Television for Three, up to $544,000

The show bringing Māori current affairs to all New Zealanders.

Rural Delivery 2018, 15 x 23 mins, Showdown Productions for TVNZ 1, up to $299,901

A new season of the agri-business series featuring stories of innovation, best practice and sustainability in New Zealand's primary sector.

The Wireless- Fresh Voices 2017-18, 50 videos (193 mins), Radio New Zealand for The Wireless, up to $200,000

Loading Docs: Impact, 10 x 3 mins, Notable Pictures for, up to $ 161,472

The fourth year of these award-winning micro-documentaries looks at the theme of impact.

Comedy Gala 2018, 2 x 44 mins, MediaWorks TV for Three, up to $112,690

Televised coverage of the NZ Comedy Gala, NZ's premier domestic stand-up event.

Paakiwaha – The Newsbearer, 48 x 120 mins, UMA Broadcasting for Radio Waatea, up to $75,000

A long running 48 episode series and podcasts of Māori current affairs in English.

The Nutters Club, 49 x 90 mins, The Key To Life Charitable Trust for NewstalkZB, up to $73,500

A radio show that aims to change the way people, feel, think, talk, act, and behave in relation to mental health.

ZM’s Sealed Section 2018, 40 x 25 mins, NZME.Radio for ZM, up to $49,000

A weekly talk show for youth, discussing physical and mental health issues.

Real Life With John Cowan, 48 x 22 mins, Christian Broadcasting Association for NewstalkZB, up to $34,946

A weekly chat show, featuring high-profile guests talking about the big questions in life and faith.

Christmas 2017, 2 x 900 mins, Christian Broadcasting Association for Newstalk ZB, up to $29,995

30hrs of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day radio programming for the whole family.

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.

Stan, 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