We invest in high quality factual and documentary programmes that would not otherwise be produced. These programmes span a broad and diverse range of topics that have relevance and value to New Zealand audiences.
New Zealanders have a strong appetite for local documentaries. We extend the diversity of what’s available by funding a mix of styles and story-telling techniques, designed to appeal to a range of tastes.
We regularly assess the amount and types of documentary and factual content available on New Zealand free-to-air television. Where gaps are identified we look to fill them by seeking proposals outside our usual funding rounds that target a particular audience need.
We aim for the majority of our documentary and factual programming to broadcast during prime time. When we cannot achieve programming goals on free-to-air channels with large audience reach (Type 1 channels - TV One, TV2 and TV3) we will fund this programming on channels with smaller more specialised audiences (Type 2 channels - FOUR, Māori Television or Prime).
We encourage broadcasters to take risks with funded documentary and factual programming.
Annually we spend around $15million on documentary and factual programmes from the General and Platinum contestable funds.
Beneath New Zealand provides a unique look at how the forces above and below New Zealand formed this land.
Nigel Latta is a psychologist, author and television presenter who has graced New Zealand screens since 2008. In this documentary series, he takes us to Scott Base in Antarctica to experience life on the ice.
Giving rural people their own voice and urban viewers a genuine insight into rural life.
Let The DNA Detectives take you on a scientific journey around the globe as they unravel the genetic history of well-known New Zealanders.
Follow top dancers from Parris Goebel’s Auckland-based dance studio, The Palace, as they take on their dreams and prepare for the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in San Diego.
In June 2012 we initiated a conversation about our role in funding documentary and factual television.
At the conclusion of this work we published a refreshed strategy that will inform and diversify what we fund in the future.
Also relevant is our Pacific Content Strategy:
And Rautaki Māori, our strategy for mainstream Māori content:
A survey of 1,000 New Zealanders who watch television conducted by Colmar Brunton. The survey reinforced the importance of documentary to respondents who acknowledged the quality of New Zealand documentaries, particularly their production values and presentation.