Our strategy

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NZ On Air is committed providing local content for Kiwi kids and youth, as they are key audiences under the Broadcasting Act.

We fund content from animation to long-run magazine series, webseries and apps for young people of all ages.

We fund a range of content for young New Zealanders on many platforms that will engage and stimulate their minds.

It is often also very entertaining - educational content should never be boring. This content often becomes useful as a classroom resource.

In May 2018 we launched HEIHEI, a new online home for children's content, aimed at 5-9 year olds, which features a range of entertaining local shows, games and music.

You can read more about HEIHEI here.

What we fund

fanimals

Fanimals, Whitebait Media for TVNZ 2 and HEIHEI

Fanimals for TVNZ 2 and HEIHEI

This multi-platform daily TV programme for children also provides extended content on the children's platform HEIHEI.

Fanimals combines the two things TV producers are told not to work with - children and animals - into fun, engaging content.

Kiwi kids who are nuts about animals, rescued animals, photo and joke competitions, and a live guinea-pig cam...there's a lot of content for children to watch and explore.

Fanimals received $2,600,000 funding for its premiere season in 2018. You can check it out on HEIHEI.

You can check out more children's content we've invested in over on our Watch and Listen - Kids and Youth page.

Sign Ninja

Sign Ninja, Deaf Aotearoa

Sign Ninja

This fun, interactive game helps children to learn Sign language. Developed by Deaf Aotearoa and aimed at 7 to 12 year old children, children learn the NZSL finger spelling alphabet.

Set in an imaginary world without spoken words, users find out about the history of this beautiful language and start on a journey to become a NZ Sing Language Sign Ninja.

The app received $142,000 NZ On Air funding for its development.Check out Sign Ninja here.

You can check out more children's content we've invested in over on HEIHEI and on our Watch and Listen - Kids and Youth page.

What Now

What Now, Whitebait Media for TVNZ 2

What Now for TVNZ 2 and HEIHEI

What Now is our much-loved, longest running children's TV show - generations have grown up with it. We've been enthusiastically supporting it since 1991.

The show has introduced the term "gunge' into our lexicon. Kids are at the centre of the action in every episode, and things always gets messy.

In 2018 Whitebait have taken the show on the road - with the aim of getting out and engaging with kids in their communities. The extraordinary effort of creating live television, with kids, as an outside broadcast every week should not be underestimated!

What Now received $3,289,000 funding in 2018. Check it out on HEIHEI.

You can check out more children's content we've invested in over on our Watch and Listen - Kids and Youth page.

12 huia birds

12 Huia Birds

A beautiful and engaging new fully interactive picture book app for children brings to life the story of New Zealand's lost huia bird.

With animation, music and lots to discover and interact with, illustrator Stacy Eyles and creative director Julian Stokoe engage children with the story of this large orange wattled forest bird, which disappeared from our forests some time last century.

12 Huia Birds received $43,491 in funding in 2014. You can read more about 12 Huia Birds here.

You can check out more children's content we've invested in on our Watch and Listen - Kids and Youth page.