Our strategy

Our Big Blue Backyard

Our Big Blue Backyard, NHNZ for TVNZ 1

A good documentary or information programme often attracts sizeable audiences on television.

We love this and we also love supporting more specialist (targeted) content, often a combination of on air and online, which helps audiences find the work.

Online also offers the opportunity for interactivity, where audiences can be even more engaged and involved.

Check out a range of documentaries & information programmes we've funded recently over on our Watch and Listen page.

What we fund

The Great New Zealand Dance Masala

The Great NZ Dance Masala, Top Shelf Productions for Three

The Great New Zealand Dance Masala on Three

The Great New Zealand Dance Masala is an entertainment competition series based on a New Zealand-wide Indian dance competition.

Hosted by Colin Mathura-Jeffree the programme celebrates the diversity of dance and of NZ culture.

Produced by Top Shelf Productions, The Great New Zealand Dance Masala received funding of $507,684. Check out more local information programmes we've funded recently over on our Watch and Listen - Information page.

Country Calendar

Country Calendar, TVNZ for TVNZ 1

Country Calendar on TVNZ 1

Classic New Zealand broadcasting at its best.

Country Calendar has been on air for more than 50 years and we’re proud to still be supporting this iconic programme.

Each week Country Calendar visits New Zealanders who earn their living from the land or sea.

The series gives rural people their own voice and urban viewers a genuine insight into rural life.

We've been supporting this iconic series since 1991. The latest series received $538,384 funding.

Check out more local documentary programmes we've funded recently over on our Watch and Listen - Documentary page.

The Big Ward

The Big Ward, Greenstone TV for TVNZ 2

The Big Ward on TVNZ 2

The Big Ward follows a number of obese people on the rollercoaster of confronting their health problem, and making drastic decisions to get control of their lives.

This emotional and inspiring series gives a personal perspective to our country's obesity epidemic.

Made by Greenstone TV, we have funded two series of The Big Ward.
The second series received $433,611 funding. Check out more local information programmes we've funded recently over on our Watch and Listen - Information page.

the valley

The Valley, Fairfax NZ for Stuff and Three

The Valley for Stuff.co.nz and Three

This award-winning documentary was produced both for an online audience, and as a broadcast documentary.
It prompted an official inquiry into the events in Afghanistan it investigates.

The highly acclaimed team of Paula Penfold, Toby Longbottom, Phil Johnson and Eugene Bingham created this multi-media investigation of two significant firefights our soldiers engaged in, in August 2012.

The project was created with $324,082 funding from NZ On Air. Check out more local documentary programmes we've funded recently over on our Watch and Listen - Documentary page.