At home with New Zealanders in their regions

We support multi-platform news and information content serving regional audiences. This audio-visual content is rarely provided by national media organisations and is a key part of our support for community broadcasting.


In 2015 we began a review of our funding of regional television.

We commissioned an independent review and conducted audience research through Colmar Brunton. Following the review NZ On Air decided to seek new ideas for converged regional media content.

Our priority is regional news and information audio/visual content.

We provide approx. $1.3m in annual funding support for multi-media regional news and information services to audiences in seven regions. Our call for new proposals resulted in collaborations and innovation, and services tailored to specific regions.

For more on the four currently funded projects please read our Media release here. Documents related to the review are available here.

In May 2018 we commissioned an independent review of the funded regional media. The review was conducted by Dr Gavin Ellis. His full report is below.

Apply for funding

In the July 2018 funding round we are again calling for applications for regional media projects to provide civic journalism for regional audiences.

All funding applications must be made through our online application system, Eric by 4pm on 1 June.

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