We fund television programmes for young New Zealanders, from preschoolers to teenagers. These programmes expose our young people to our culture and help them engage with the world they live in.
Children and youth are key audiences for NZ On Air under the Broadcasting Act. We fund a diverse range of programming, from drama and animation to long-run magazine series for young people of all ages.
Programmes we fund have a clear target audience, demonstrate a sound educational framework and hold their own against international content. Our funding ensures there is a local option for young people to watch on television almost every day of the week.
Children’s programming in New Zealand is almost entirely dependent on public investment. 76% of the first-run local children’s programming broadcast on free-to-air television is supported by NZ On Air. We prioritise our investment in children’s programmes on TV2 and FOUR, the channels which have dedicated scheduling for children. Children’s programmes are also supported by Māori Broadcasting agency Te Māngai Pāho and Māori Television.
Annually we spend around $13million on children’s and young people’s programmes from the general contestable fund.
Terry is on a mission to avenge his father’s murder in this witty action drama which makes for great family viewing.
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.
It's time to turn back the clock - University Challenge is back! The original New Zealand adaptation of University Challenge screened on New Zealand television for 14 years, airing from 1976 to 1989.
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.
Get the family together and tune into The Barefoot Bandits to see where the adventures of Tane, Fridge and Riley will lead them next!
We aim to provide programming for local kids at every age and stage. This programmes delivers relevant content for tweens and teens every weekday.
In late 2014 we commissioned research, along with the Broadcasting Standards Authority, into children's media use to help inform a review of what content we will fund for children in the future.
The research was released in March 2015 and the strategy review is now underway.
In May 2015 we released a discussion paper, and invited submissions on this. In August 2015 we published the public submissions we received.
A forum held in Wellington in November 2015 further discussed the concepts for a new approach to children's content.
In March 2016 we released a call for Expressions of Interest in providing a new online space for NZ children's content. This was an idea that had come out of the earlier consultation. The closing date for EOI responses is midday 27 April 2016.