Insights to Māori perspectives and stories for a broad New Zealand audience

We fund Māori programmes that will appeal to a general audience. We look for programmes that make a conscious effort to reveal something of the past, present or future Māori world.


We have a dedicated budget for Māori content, and a strategy that frames our commitment to this genre. We make special provision for Māori programmes, focussing on programming in English, to complement the work of Te Māngai Pāho.

It is an important strand as it relates directly to the Broadcasting Act’s intent of promoting Māori language and culture.

Our funding is targeted at mainstream content that will appeal to all New Zealanders, including Māori. We encourage the use of Te Reo in programming, as appropriate, to normalise the language as an official language of New Zealand.

We undertake an ancillary and complementary role to separate Māori Broadcasting funding agency Te Māngai Pāho, co-venturing on projects which meet our shared objectives. Because of the significant public funding available for Māori content provided through Māori Television and Te Māngai Pāho, we allocate funding for Māori programmes as a relatively modest proportion, given our other statutory requirements.

We have committed $3.6 million a year to Māori content.

Māori language programmes
Programmes for Māori audiences, focusing on the use of Te Reo, are funded by Te Māngai Pāho.


The Palace

November 2015

The Palace

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.

Pakipūmeka Aotearoa

February 2014

Pakipūmeka Aotearoa

Extending the range and diversity of quality documentary programming that opens a window into the Māori world.

Songs From The Inside

November 2015

Songs From The Inside

A third series of the ground-breaking documentary programme that seeks to rehabilitate prisoners through song.


In 2012 we conducted a thorough review of our Te Rautaki Māori (Māori strategy) informed by research we commissioned into mainstream Māori programming.

Our refreshed strategy restates our principles for funding Māori programmes. 

Apply for funding

There are three funding rounds a year for Māori programmes. Decisions in 2016 will be announced in March, July and December.

Funding deadlines and how to apply


Ngā Matakiirea was engaged to examine the state of Māori mainstream television today: how it has arrived at this point; how it services its audiences; and how it may best develop, now and in the future.

Guidelines commissioned by Ngā Aho Whakaari (the association of Māori in Screen Production).

Funding to date, 2015-16

The Loggers $463,877

May 2016 · Great Southern Television · Prime · 10 x 30 · Documentary · TV Production

Maui's Hook $78,800

May 2016 · Kura Productions · Māori Television · 1 x 60 · Documentary · TV Production

Sisters $309,513

Mar 2016 · Rogue Productions · Māori Television · 6 x 30 · Documentary · TV Production

Fresh (Extra Episodes) $699,681

Mar 2016 · Tikilounge Productions · TV2 · 15 x 30 · Special Interest · TV Production

Karena And Kasey's Diplomatic Mission $991,333

Jul 2015 · Imagination Television · TV One · 10 x 30 · Documentary · TV Production

Game Of Bro's $210,000

Jul 2015 · Tikilounge Productions · Māori Television · 7 x 30 · Documentary · TV Production

Sacrifice On The Somme $225,000

Jul 2015 · Scottie Douglas Productions · Māori Television · 1 x 90 · Documentary · TV Production

Te Araroa: Tales From The Trails 2 $295,000

Jul 2015 · Scottie Douglas Productions · Māori Television · 7 x 60 · Documentary · TV Production