Creating high quality thought-provoking documentary and general information content

We invest in high quality documentary content.


Overview

New Zealanders have a strong appetite for local documentary and information content. We extend the diversity of what’s available by funding a mix of styles and story-telling techniques, designed to appeal to a range of tastes, and appearing on a range of platforms.

Much of our documentary and information TV programming is broadcast during prime time. A good documentary or information programme often tops the ratings for local content. We can also find audiences for more targetted content off-peak, or online. Online offers the opportunity for interactive content, with which audiences can be more engaged and involved.


Showcase

What Next?

May 2017

What Next?

What do we want our lives to look like 20 years from now? In this live television event Nigel Latta and John Campbell explore the big questions facing New Zealanders today.

Attitude

December 2017

Attitude

An inspiring weekly special interest programme for and about New Zealanders living with disabilities.

Country Calendar

March 2017

Country Calendar

Giving rural people their own voice and urban viewers a genuine insight into rural life.

I SPY With My 5 Eyes

October 2016

I SPY With My 5 Eyes

An interactive exploration of the five eyes global spying network.

Loading Docs

May 2014

Loading Docs

A platform for local documentary makers to promote their creativity and talent through short form documentary.

Decades In Colour

April 2016

Decades In Colour

A nostalgic kiwi journey back to the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

Beneath New Zealand

March 2016

Beneath New Zealand

Beneath New Zealand provides a unique look at how the forces above and below New Zealand formed this land.

The DNA Detectives

October 2015

The DNA Detectives

Let The DNA Detectives take you on a scientific journey around the globe as they unravel the genetic history of well-known New Zealanders.

Our Big Blue Backyard

September 2016

Our Big Blue Backyard

Explore the wonderland of New Zealand's marine reserves, in an epic journey from the far north to the deep south.

Making New Zealand

October 2014

Making New Zealand

The fascinating stories behind the the infrastructure of New Zealand- the building of a nation

Christchurch Dilemmas

August 2016

Christchurch Dilemmas

An interactive platform for telling the stories and discussing the future of Christchurch.


Strategy

We have one strategy which replaces all previous strategies. It is expressed in our Funding Strategy and NZ Media Fund below.

Our strategy is founded on core public media principles. These include enriching the New Zealand cultural experience, improving diversity of media content in many forms, ensuring content is accessible, strengthening community life, and promoting informed debate.


Apply for funding

All funding applications must be made through our online application system, Eric.

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