Bringing an extensive range of New Zealand voices to the airwaves

Our funding of Public radio, Access radio, Pacific radio and spoken radio programmes for multiple platforms ensures a voice for all New Zealanders on the airwaves. Supporting community broadcasting is an important part of our overall strategy.


We fund Public radio, Access radio, some Pacific stations and spoken radio programmes for multiple platforms. We spend almost $36million a year on adding diversity to the airwaves.

In 2017 we are transitioning to a new single strategy and platform neutral fund, the NZ Media Fund.


In the December funding round we approved three projects for diverse audiences.

View latest funding decisions


We have two types of funding arrangements for radio.

  • Radio New Zealand and eligible Access and Pacific radio stations receive an annual operating grant,
  • A contestable fund which supports some types of spoken radio programmes for multiple platforms.

These funding arrangements will be run through the new Platforms stream as part of the single NZ Media Fund from 1 July 2017.

2017 Funding Deadlines

All deadlines are now 4pm on the date stated.

In future all applications for funding will be completed online. Businesses intending to apply for funding will need to register as applicants before they can submit an application. The registration process is now open here.

Please note: All proposals submitted to NZ On Air are covered by the Official Information Act and may be released.