We will help grow great New Zealanders by providing enriching local content for children that encourages imagination and curiosity.
Children and youth are key audiences for NZ On Air under the Broadcasting Act. We fund content from drama and animation to long-run magazine series, webseries and apps for young people of all ages.
The content we invest in has a clear target audience, demonstrates a sound educational framework and is as good as anything produced in the world. Our funding ensures there is a local option for young people to enjoy amidst the sea of global offerings.
Children’s content in New Zealand is almost entirely dependent on public investment.
Terry is on a mission to avenge his father’s murder in this witty action drama which makes for great family viewing.
A thrillingly interactive, hilariously physical, clickably scientific web experience for Kiwi kids young and old!
Get the family together and tune into The Barefoot Bandits to see where the adventures of Tane, Fridge and Riley will lead them next!
Waking to find there are no adults and no technology, this brand new teen drama series follows Rose and her friends as they tackle a dystopian world.
A pre-school puppet series that allows the youngest New Zealanders to hear our languages and accents and see our people and places on television.
12 Huia Birds is a fully interactive picture book app for children in English and te reo Māori
A children's webseries that follows the adventures of Nia, a 10 year old girl living an Extra ordinary life.
A pre-school animation series that provides our youngest viewers with opportunities to be socially and emotionally involved in the issues they face every day.
We aim to provide programming for local kids at every age and stage. This programmes delivers relevant content for tweens and teens every weekday.
We have three special goals for children’s content:
These goals will influence our investment decisions.
In June 2017, we announced a collaboration with TVNZ to provide a new online home for children's content. The project will target 5-9 year olds. NZ On Air has committed $1.5m in funding in the first year (2017/18) to the site which will be managed by TVNZ.
The site will include content funded through the usual contestable funding rounds, and some selected international content.
The first funding round for children this year is September. The deadline is 10 August.
Please read more about the project in the Media Release and below in the Charter of Principles.
A Q & A about the project for children's content producers is here.