We invest more than $80 million a year in local television programmes on mainstream free-to-air channels and on demand sites and in multi-platform regional media. It's so that you can see more, and a wider variety of, local content.
One of our primary functions under the Broadcasting Act 1989 is to reflect and develop New Zealand identity and culture. We do this by ensuring a range of broadcast content is available to New Zealanders.
We balance our priorities between audiences and programme types so that all New Zealanders can find locally made content that appeals to them.
In 2017 we are transitioning to a new single strategy and platform neutral fund, the NZ Media Fund. The below content categories relate to our existing funding processes until 30 June 2017.
The December funding round considered 36 applications across the General and Platinum Funds seeking $24.4m in funds. We allocated $16.5m to deliver 165.8 hours of content.
We provide production and development funding for television programmes to be broadcast on New Zealand's six major free-to-air channels.
(Note our funding rounds will change effective from the July round 2017. Read more about this in the Funding Strategy document.)
Please note: All proposals submitted to NZ On Air are covered by the Official Information Act and may be released.
We have various strategy documents which producers should be aware of when preparing applications. They cover, for example, drama, documentary, Pacific content, Māori content and digital and our channel preference guidelines. See here.
From July 2017 we will be guided by a single platform neutral strategy. The rest of this section relates to processes until June/July 2017.
When funding is approved for a television programme there are a number of steps producers need to take.
NZ On Air will adopt a new single strategy and single media fund from July 1 2017, after receiving overwhelming support for the new approach from stakeholders.
A new children’s drama series, a family feature film, and a returning favourite series are set to bring more diverse stories to local TV screens.
Six new online and interactive documentaries will cover a broad range of NZ culture and issues on a range of a platforms. The projects were selected from a particularly competitive field.