A note from the CE


Today we are celebrating the colour orange - and the (relative) freedom we are all enjoying with a loosening of many of the restrictions we've had on our daily lives and mahi over recent months. I hope our creative sector, in particular music artists, are able to make the most of this time and that the public comes out in support. It is important though that we all continue to follow best practice and official advice around keeping ourselves healthy and safe.

As always, there's a great deal going on in the sector, so our team appreciated a quieter funding round this time with limited pūtea remaining this financial year. The main funding outcome was in the Te Māngai Pāho co-fund - with 12 bilingual projects selected to increase the exposure of New Zealanders to an array of content in te reo Māori and English. The partnership with Te Māngai Pāho continues to be a real bright spot in our mahi - collectively we are providing new avenues for content creation that is authentically of Aotearoa.

Aside from funding work, we continue to work with officials and our colleagues at RNZ and TVNZ on the strong public media programme, and engage with Te Māngai Pāho regarding the Māori Media Shift. We are also working on a submission to the government review of investment into the screen sector. We have contracted screen sector tax off-sets expert Tim Philips (formerly Head of Business Affairs at Screen Australia) to pull this together, with sector input.

It's a happy/sad time for us as we prepare to farewell our much-loved and respected Head of Music David Ridler. David finishes at the end of April but has been retained on a contract to complete some strategic work and assist with the transition. We have held final interviews for his replacement and hope to announce the successful candidate very soon. We had a very strong field of candidates, a testament to the high regard in which the music team is held.

Ngā mihi nui,


Screen Production Relief Fund

Just a note that as we head into what's usually our biggest funding round of the year, processing of applications for the COVID-19 Screen Production Relief Fund (SPRF) may slow down a little.

Staff are mindful of needing to assist as quickly as possible but will also be fully engaged in application assessments for the July round, so turn-around times may lengthen a bit during this period.

NZ Media Fund update

Our April round had limited funds available due to the financial year end coming up.

The round accepted Factual content applications to the NZ On Air/Te Māngai Pāho co-fund, and Scripted content applications for this fund under the Newer Storytellers stream of the Scripted Roadmap. It was also open to both Content Development and Industry Development applications.

In total we received 33 Scripted, Factual, Content Development and Industry Development Fund applications seeking just over $4.3m. We are pleased to support the funding of 24 Scripted, Factual, Content Development and Industry Development applications for up to $3.4m.

We're also pleased to announce the funding of a third season of Taskmaster NZ. This decision was made at our December 2021 Board meeting.

The full details of all funding decisions are at the end of this newsletter. You can also use the funding decisions search on our website.

National Treasures

National Treasures, Pango Productions for TVNZ 1

NZ On Air / Te Māngai Pāho co-fund

Irirangi Te Motu NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho’s fourth co-funding round has awarded 12 bilingual projects up to $5.9m to further champion the use of te reo Māori across a wide variety of platforms.

Audience favourites National Treasures and The Casketeers will be returning for additional seasons, alongside a wealth of innovative new Factual content such as Get The Name Right, Auraki, Imposter, and The All Goods Race.

Read more in the NZ On Air / Te Māngai Pāho media release here.


This round included our fourth New Music Project round for 2021/22.

We have supported seven projects. Project grants are for multi-single release campaigns including subsidy for recording, video content and promotions and marketing campaigns for the releases.

% expenditure to date

*Please note: Due to the majority of Round 2 role employment contracts being for two years, the Public Interest Journalism Fund will appear overspent, but this will be accounted for in the 2022/23 year.

Music update


‘Level Up’ for NZ Music Month 2022

The theme for NZ Music Month in May this year is ‘Level Up’ – helping to raise the profile of new and emerging artists and supporting them to the next level of their music career.

There will be a host of activities and media spotlight based around this theme across Aotearoa throughout May. This will include the popular NZ Music T-shirt day on Friday 27 May, the NZ Music Month Summit on Saturday 28 May at Auckland’s Tuning Fork (also being live streamed), and the Taite Music Prize ceremony on Sunday 29 May.

Radio and online media throughout the country are carrying extra NZ music features on the Level Up theme to help bring into focus the potential local music stars of tomorrow.

All the details on this year’s NZ Music Month are available here.

New Music Development

2022/23 Music budget and extra funding rounds

The additional Music funding that was enabled by the government’s Music Recovery Package in May 2020 comes to an end on 30 June at the end of our 2021/22 funding year. In this time we’ve been able to fund additional initiatives such as New Music Development, extra focus rounds for New Music Pasifika, New Music Kids and Waiata Takitahi, and place extra professional services support around newly-funded artists.

For the 2022/23 we have been able to reprioritise funds internally to ensure the extra Music funding initiatives can continue, so we’ll be able to run more of these focus rounds in the funding year head. Deadlines for the remainder of 2022 have been updated and are available here.


Haere rā from David Ridler

"Thank you for the absolute privilege and honour of being able to serve as the Head of Music at Irirangi Te Motu/NZ On Air for the past six years. I have been so lucky to collaborate with such a wide range of wonderful people in the music sector, broadcasting and online media sectors, various parts of government, and across a huge number of music artists and producers. It’s been an incredible ride but now it’s time to take a breather and spend some extra time with my highly energetic young daughter before she heads off to school next year. I’m really pleased that I’ll still have an ongoing advisory role with NZ On Air but I’ll also have time for some other projects – so let’s see what happens next.

Nāku nei te mihi hūmārie, te mihi maioha, ki a koutou katoa mō o koutou tautoko. Kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi.

- David

( This is my warm and humble acknowledgement to you all for all your support. Thank you. )

Public Interest Journalism update

Round 4 of the Public Interest Journalism Fund is currently open. Applications close 4pm Thursday 28 April.

Please see the Round criteria for more information.

NZ Geo Manta rays

NZ Geographic feature

Happy Birthday to the Public Interest Journalism Fund!

The first round of the Public Interest Journalism Fund (PIJF) opened a year ago on 30 April 2021. Since then more than 15,000 pieces of content have been created with 12 million page views of that content so far.

Innovative content created includes a cover feature on Manta Rays for NZ Geographic, part of a year-long series of stories focused on our oceans. The PIJF has also enabled a new weekly news show for kids – News 2 Me which has launched on TVNZ and RNZ earlier in April.

April also saw the first story produced by cadets training as part of the Te Rito programme for Māori and Diverse Voice journalism. The 25 cadets are about to embark on month-long newsroom placements rotating through the four partner organisations over the next four months.

Meet the team

Cat Goodwin

Cat Goodwin

Meet Cat Goodwin, our Audience and Media Strategist. Cat joined us just under a year ago from media agency OMD.

Cat brings her passionate data geek-ery to our team to help us make well-informed funding decisions, assess the impact of content, and is creating a new robust multi-dimensional way of measuring audiences across multiple platforms.

Find out more about Cat on our Meet the team page.

Funding details

NZ On Air / Te Māngai Pāho co-fund

National Treasures 2, 4 x 44 mins, Pango Productions for TVNZ 1 and TVNZ OnDemand, up to $1,218,856. National Treasures 2 will discover more stories from New Zealand’s collective history through objects, keepsakes and taonga from the past 100 years.

Get The Name Right, 6 x 22 mins, Pango Productions for ThreeNow and Three, up to $693,374. This series follows comedian Joe Daymond as he travels across the motu, illuminating the good, the bad and the ugly behind place names in Aotearoa, and settling a few debates along the way.

Hua Parakore, 8 x 26 mins, Storybox for Māori Television, up to $614,594. This documentary will visit whānau on the whenua to learn about how and why our current industrialised food system is broken, and the role Māori food and soil sovereignty has in creating meaningful solutions to the climate crisis.

Casketeers 6, 8 x 23 mins, Great Southern Television for TVNZ 1, up to $598,903. The trials and tribulations of Aotearoa’s most beloved funeral directors will be documented in season six of Casketeers.

1.5 Degrees – A Global Warning, 8 x 25 mins, Faultline Films for Māori Television, up to $588,276. This series highlights the diverse ways rangatahi are challenging power relationships and political interests to promote climate-resilient futures.

Auraki, 8 x 26 mins, Black Iris for Māori Television, up to $587,122. Auraki will tell the intimate stories of people connecting with their Māori whakapapa and whenua.

Impossible: Stan Walker, 1 x 44 mins, Kura Productions for TVNZ 2 and TVNZ OnDemand, up to $367,746. A one-off special that will see acclaimed artist Stan Walker weave kōrero and waiata in front of a small live studio audience, as he reflects on pivotal moments in his life in honour and celebration of Matariki.

Kia ora, Good Evening, 1 x 44 mins, Great Southern Television for Three, up to $231,879. A one-off documentary that will capture newsreader Mike McRoberts’ journey to reclaim what was lost to his whānau a generation ago: te reo Māori.

Haka Life Te Matatini 2023, 10 x 10 mins, Mako Media for (platform TBC), up to $408,218. An observational web series that will take a behind scenes look at the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the defending Te Matatini champions, Ngā Tūmanako as they go for back-to-back wins at the 2023 event.

No Limits, 6 x 10 mins, Fire Fire for RNZ platforms and Fire Fire’s social media platform FlameNZ, up to $195,000. This high-octane adventure sports series will delve into the psyche of fearless Māori athletes who just want to do one thing – go fast.

Imposter, 5 x 10 mins, Fire Fire for RNZ platforms and Fire Fire’s social media platform FlameNZ, up to $175,000. A mini-documentary series examining how Māori artists deal with imposter syndrome.

The All Goods Race, 8 x 10 mins, Westpark for RNZ TAHI, up to $151,936. Aotearoa social media stars Torrell Tafa and Terewai Kopua face off in a race across the North Island where each is only allowed to rely on the kindness of their fellow Kiwis to get to the other side.

***The above funding figures are the total committed - split 50/50 between Te Māngai Pāho and NZ On Air.


Taskmaster NZ 3, 10 x 44 mins, Kevin & Co for TVNZ 2, up to $886,574.

Fresh Fairytales (additional), 5 x 12 mins, Tikilounge Productions for HEIHEI, up to $31,225

Kāinga (additional), 1 x 80, Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions for RNZ, up to $177,450


95BFM 2021/22, Campus Radio BFM, up to $10,652

RDU98.5FM 2021/22, RDU 98.5FM, up to $9,055


New Music Development - up to $6,000

Adam Hogan

Allister Meffan (AJM)

Charlotte Yates

Chequered Pattern$

Chris and Sarena Close

Chris Chetland and Rei

Clarissa Chai

Dan Sharp

Dave Johnston

Emily Wheatcroft-Snape

Harry Charles

Huia Hamon

Jack Laven (33 Below)

Jazmine Mary Music

Julia Deans

Levi Patel

Nathan Judd

Tami Neilson

Thom O'Connor

Tim Heeringa (Wulfie)

Tom Verberne

Tommy Nee

New Music Pasifika

Ezra Phoenix, Solomon Esera, up to $1,740

New Music Project

Deceptikonz, Nicnak Media, up to $8,000

Dallas Tamaira, Sunday Toast, up to $30,000

Georgia Lines, Commotion, up to $40,000

Harper Finn, Warner Music New Zealand, up to $30,000

Kiki Rockwell, Universal Music New Zealand, up to $40,000

Muroki, CRS Music Management, up to $40,000

Prins, Big Dawg Productions, up to $30,000

Zed, August Avenue, up to $40,000

New Music Single - up to $10,000

Amiria Grenell, The Ghost in You

Blake, CPU

Bridges, Pills

Capital Theatre, Delicately Poised

Cellarr, Let Go Feat. Lilly Carron

Corrella NZ, Local Stranger

Dawn Diver, Soothsayers

Die! Die! Die!, Vanish (But That's My Hometown)

Earth Tongue, Great Haunting

Fable, Easier

Freddy Reynold, Flirt Feat. Jujulipps

Goodwill, Get Angry

Hamo Dell, Little Fun Feat. Sammy Johnson

Hans., Be Grateful

Hina, Lighthouse Feat. Harry Parsons

Imugi 이무기, Spirals

Jazmine Mary, Seagull

Jordan Gavet, He Said

Judah Kelley, Apathy

Lévyne, Call You Out

Masaya, Attention

Midwave Breaks, the Others Side

Na Noise, Welcome Home

October and the Eyes, Spiral

Phodiso, Rough

Princess Chelsea, Forever Is a Charm

Prins, That's the Thing

Rodney Fisher, Keeping up Appearances Feat. Terri

Sweet Mix Kids, Gravitate Feat. Lou'ana

The Beths, A Real Thing

The Knews, Pretty Girl

The Warratahs, Silver Train

Toi, Way That We Feel Feat. Zoe Moon

Valkyrie, Yaddy Ya

Vera Ellen, Home Wrecker

Morgan Costello, Strange Love

Anderson Rocio, My World

Ant Utama, Biding My Time

Aunty Rae, Anymore

Bub, New Amsterdam

Cellarr, Gold

Chores, Indigo Feat. Rei

Corrella NZ, We On

Crystal, Expectations Suck

Dallas James, Stranger

Dartz, Earn the Thirst

Deva Mahal, I Want You (for All Time)

Dual, So Alive

Edy & Sione Toki, Call Me

Fable, Close2home

Fraser Ross, Thunderhead

Gino October & Cee Blu, Love Lost

Hanbee, Weekenders Feat. Hans.

Haz' Beats & Miloux, What You Do Feat. Diggy Dupe

Hybrid Rose, Fantasy

Ingrid and the Ministers, Boofhead

Jake Love, Better

Kaylee Bell, If I Was Shania

Kora, All We Need

Lake South, Andrew and James (Seasons)

Luca George, Ruin My Life

Mazbou Q, Now I'm Whole

Mo Etc., Underwater

Princess Chelsea, Love Is More

Proteins of Magic, Lethal

Randa, Baby Back

Rhys Rich, Freeze

Rubi Du, Back Up

Ryan Fisherman, End

Jaz Paterson, Sean Richards & Jaz Paterson Feat. Rei

Seas of Conflict, Consume

Seth Haapu, Tropical

Sophie-Maude, Take Me Away

Te Kaahu, Taupiri

Trei, Tiki Taane & Murdock, Like A Thriller

Wiri Donna, Being Alone

Womb, Oceans

Waiata Takitahi - up to $14,000

Alya Jade, Under Her Spell (Boom)

Ariana Tikao, Fly You Home

Aro, Kia Mau

Corrella NZ, Raumati

Deadforest, Get Back

Dillastrate, Tāku Aroha

Four32, Going Home

Hina, What We Sayin'

Mohi, Lovers Lane / Te Aroha Mauroa

NLC, E Noho Rā

Reiki Ruawai, Papatuanuku

Sweet Mix Kids, Stargazing / Arorangi Te Feat. Rei

Valkyrie, Bad Girl

Industry Development

NZ Television Awards 2022, J & A Productions, up to $60,000

NZ Web Fest 2022, NZ Web Fest, up to $10,000

NZ Music Month Summit 2022, Music Managers Forum, up to $5,000

Pan-Asian Capacity Building: Episode One (Additional), Pan-Asian Screen Collective, up to $9,937

Tāhuna Writers Residency, Great Southern Television, up to $20,000

WeCreate 2022, WeCreate Incorporated, up to $10,000

Going Local 2022, Independent Music NZ, up to $4,500

Niu Waves, Pacific Islands Screen Artists, up to $49,938

SRN Governance Project, Kea New Zealand, up to $18,500

Niu Waves Development, Pacific Islands Screen Artists, up to $50,000

Joseph’s Youtube (and Other) Secrets, Aotearoa Screen Publicists Collective, up to $15,000