Our support for special interest programmes reflects the lives of New Zealand’s diverse cultural communities and minority groups. These programmes would not be made without public funding.
A primary function of NZ On Air under the Broadcasting Act is to ensure there is a range of television programming that reflects and provides for the interests of:
persons with disabilities; minorities in the community including ethnic minorities; the diverse religious and ethical beliefs of New Zealanders
These programmes have high cultural value but lower commercial value, and would not be made without our support. They often play in non-commercial or off-peak time slots, but all can be viewed any time on broadcasters’ on-demand sites for a period after they first go to air.
This genre also includes programmes for and about people with disabilities. We also provide funding to Able to make captioning and audio description so that sight and hearing-impaired New Zealanders can enjoy a wide-range of television programmes.
Annually we spend around $11million on programming for minority and disabled audiences (includes captioning and audio description).
Meet the kiwis putting faith in their families to find their partner in the tradition of arranged marriage.
An inspiring weekly special interest programme for and about New Zealanders living with disabilities.
New Zealand's television captioning and audio description service for hearing and vision-impaired audiences. Making television accessible for all.
Pacific audiences are an important and sizable group in New Zealand. Programming for these audiences is a significant part of our special interest output.
In 2012 we undertook a review of our funding activities in this area. We commissioned research into audience needs and held a forum of Pacific broadcasting leaders. The result was a strategy that guides our funding decisions for content made specifically for Pacific audiences.
Researchers look at current broadcast content provided for Pacific audiences in New Zealand, and what is important to the various audiences.