A note from the CE
Our agency has been a hive of activity lately – more so than usual!
Yesterday we closed the first funding round for Public Interest Journalism, and it is clear there is massive demand out there for support. This round we have $9.6m to allocate, but for those who miss out, don’t worry, there’s a new financial year just around the corner, with $25m available from July 1.
We are very much looking forward to our newly appointed Head of Journalism, Raewyn Rasch, joining us in a couple of weeks. Raewyn brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and industry connections to our team and will immediately begin building a small team to support the mahi. No doubt she will also jump straight into engaging with the broader sector and learning the ropes around administering funding to ensure we achieve the next milestone of funding decisions by the end of June.
Another new team member we are really excited to have joining us is Cat Goodwin, most recently from media agency OMD, who joins us next week as our new Audience and Media Strategist. Cat has years of media strategy behind her and is coming into a role we created to address a deficit in audience data metrics. She will assist the funding team in both monitoring performance of funded content across the various linear and digital platforms we support and driving future strategy to ensure content is found by our diverse audiences.
On that note, we have taken an innovative approach to funding content for younger New Zealanders in the recently announced Youth RFP decisions. It was innovative in several ways, not least of which was that we utilised the street smarts of young content creators (think TikTokers!) to help us understand what this audience will respond to, and where to reach them. We will be monitoring the success of this initiative closely and learning from it.
It was another significant milestone to announce along with NZ Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho last week the first production funding through Te Puna Kairangi – the $50m Premium Productions Fund. The spread of successful projects will see high end factual, drama series, feature films and a popular returning children’s series produced for content-hungry international and local audiences. You can read more about the projects here.
We continue to be delighted with the level of local music being played on local radio. The 20% local content target for commercial radio continues to be achieved (and more) after a record-smashing year in 2020. Thank you to the radio programmers who are helping to ensure local songs and artists are being heard and appreciated.
Special mention also to the Student Radio network. We have recently increased their operational funding partly as recognition of the difficult times they have and continue to experience financially, but also to acknowledge that they are a strong bastion for local music and culture. Without them many great alternative artists would struggle to find their audience.
And finally, the Community Access Media Alliance is celebrating 40 years of community access radio. If you haven’t had the joy of finding your local station yet, or the plethora of podcasts on their site accessmedia.nz then I highly recommend you check it out. It’s sometimes quirky, always informative and entertaining, grass-roots content that reflects the many different faces and voices of Aotearoa.
Hei konā mai,
NZ Media Fund update
Our May round was for production applications to our Youth RFP, Scripted and Factual HEIHEI returning series, and Industry Development fund.
In total we received 111 new applications across our Scripted, Factual, Platforms and Industry Development streams, seeking $80.5m in NZ On Air funding. We are pleased to support the funding of 21 Scripted, Factual and IDF applications for up to $4.5m. In addition, we confirmed Platform funding for the 2021/22 year with 27 applications being approved for funding of up to $58.8m.
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.
NZ On Air has greenlit 11 innovative new youth projects to be distributed through a variety of online platforms used by young audiences.
Up to $2.4m has been invested in content that will focus on youth voices, perspectives and issues in Aotearoa.
Read more about the 11 projects in our media release here.
NZ On Air has funded almost $2m worth of Aotearoa’s most-loved children’s shows in the latest funding round, including news, creepy crawlies and a quirky local series that’s gone global.
NZ On Air has also allocated operational funding from this round to continue support for the HEIHEI Games platform, and to house HEIHEI content on the TVNZ OnDemand site.
Read more about the six exciting returning tamariki series in our media release here.
Our latest round saw us support 27 platforms for up to $58.8m.
Essential local platforms that have received funding for 2021/22 include 12 Community Access Radio Stations, five Student Radio Stations, Samoa Capital Radio, the National Pacific Radio Trust, the HEIHEI Games Platform, HEIHEI on TVNZ OnDemand Platform, Able Captioning and Audio Description, the Digital Media Trust which runs the NZ On Screen and AudioCulture sites and more.
You can read all the funding details about each platform at the end of this newsletter.
% expenditure to date
July is the first round of the new financial year and we expect the annual inundation of applications.
As we did last year, we intend to provisionally cap the Factual and Scripted funding committed to this round to ensure funds remain for later rounds.
- Factual – genres prioritised for this round include Documentary and General Factual applications (including Events). Approximately $10m has been allocated for content intended for general audiences.
- Scripted – applications for the Premier, Sustainable, Newer Storytellers strands of our Scripted Roadmap will be considered. Approximately $20m has been allocated for content intended for general audiences.
- Development – both Content (including Diverse Development) and Industry Development applications will be considered. Please see the Development Roadmap.
22 April 2021 - Funding round opens.
All applications must be made through NZ On Air’s online application system. Applications not submitted through this system will not be accepted. You must submit a request to register with our online system well in advance of the application deadline day.
20 May 2021, 4pm - Application deadline. Round closes.
Late applications will not be considered. In very exceptional circumstances, for time-sensitive projects agreed prior by the Head of Funding, we may consider an out of time application. But we will not be generous.
14 July 2021 - Decisions confirmed, applicants notified the following day.
This date may be extended at NZ On Air’s sole discretion
Public Interest Journalism
The inaugural funding round for the Public Interest Journalism Fund (PIJF) closed at 4pm yesterday.
Decision for application up to $1m will be made by 28 June
Decisions for applications greater than $1m will be made by 14 July.
The below guidance documents were published to help applicants understand how the fund will work, what they can apply for, and whether they may be eligible.
- The General Guidelines is the foundation document which sets out the fund’s objectives, eligibility and assessment criteria.
- The Round guidelines set out what we were accepting applications for in this first round.
- The Funding flowchart is a step-by-step guide to the funding application and assessment process from start to finish, and will be especially useful for first-time applicants.
- The Q and A attempts to anticipate common questions and provide answers.
- The Funding Deadlines document has the opening and closing round details until the end of the year.
Taite Music Prize winner – Reb Fountain
The 2021 Taite Music Prize was awarded to Reb Fountain at an event in Auckland on 20 April for her magnificent 2020 self-titled album.
At the ceremony Na Noise were awarded the Best Independent Album award for their debut album ‘Waiting For You‘, the Independent Spirit award was granted to Pete Rainey and Glenn Common from Smokefree Rockquest, and the Patea Māori Club were honoured with the Classic Record award for their ground-breaking single ‘Poi E’ released in 1983.
NZ On Air had invested in all of the finalist records for 2021 and the event highlighted the range of quality artists and recordings that are being produced in Aotearoa. Read more about the event and results here.
Music funding 2020/21
We have just completed the final New Music Single round for the 2020/21 funding year, rounding out a year of boosted funding thanks to the 2020 Arts Recovery package.
This has enabled us to invest in more than 206 New Music Single projects in the past 12 months, along with 49 New Music Project grants (multi-single releases), 80 New Music Development grants, 35 New Music Kids grants, 14 Waiata Takitahi grants (with Te Māngai Pāho) and 20 New Music Pasifika grants.
We’ve already seen a large increase in the range and volume of music coming through in the past few months and we’re very excited about some of the amazing songs, video and promotional content still to come. Our increased funding for music runs until June 2022.
Children’s Music Awards
The APRA Children’s Music Awards will be presented at Auckland’s Tuning Fork this Sunday 16 May - including awards for Best Children’s Song, Best Children’s Music Artist and Best Children’s Music Video .
We’ve created a playlist to celebrate all the wonderful children’s music practitioners who have been nominated this year – essential listening if you have little ones at home or in the car!
Meet the team
Meet Allanah, Head Of Communications at NZ On Air and the wahine who keeps us all informed!
Allanah's mahi spans all the way from dealing with media, stakeholder and public enquiries, to planning and overseeing our research programme. In her time at NZ On Air she's led the development of key industry research, including the annual Where Are The Audiences? report and 2019's New Zealand's Identity, Culture and the Media research.
Even when she's not at the office Allanah is still busy - tending to her menagerie of dogs, chooks and sheep is no small feat!
Learn more about Allanah, her role at NZ On Air, and what local content she's been loving recently on our Meet The Team page.
**Note: Only the primary distribution platform is listed in the synopsis of each project. Distribution across multiple social media platforms is a key component of many of these projects.
Bouncers, 8 x 5 mins, West Park and Culture Factory for YouTube, up to $289,638. Bouncers will follow a rag-tag trio of clueless security officers and their boisterous supervisor as they struggle to keep their jobs in the temp department of a security company.
Here If You Need, 6 x 10 mins, Tumblin’ Cheek Productions for YouTube, up to $248,994. Dark comedy series Here If You Need will follow a young woman who forms a social netball team to better understand the circumstances of her brother's death.
I Got You, 30 x 1 min, Cadness Street for Instagram, up to $200,183. Vertical comedy series I Got You will see a 24 year old Pasifika woman cover her family's bills with a side hustle of dishing out dating advice, despite having no relationship experience.
Self Help, 8 x 7 mins, Wrestler for YouTube, up to $300,000. Self Help is a comedic exploration of the world of personal self-improvement, through the lens of a young man struggling to find healing and self-acceptance in the wake of a breakup.
Amplified, 6 x 8 mins, Vetiver Pictures for RNZ, up to $211,646. Hosted by Jess Fu, Amplified will shine the spotlight on young musicians who use music to explore, embrace and connect with their cultural roots
Check Check, 36 x 12 mins, MTCO for Re:, up to $100,000. A series of original, short-form, live music performances by diverse New Zealand artists in amazing Aotearoa landscapes.
Shit You Should Care About Presents: Extremely Online, 25 x 2 mins, Hex Work Productions for Instagram, up to $260,382. An explainer video series set to unravel the chaos and complexities of the internet for a young Kiwi audience.
STILL HERE, 4 x 13 mins, Four and Five Films for Re:, up to $195,430. Documentary series STILL HERE will profile millennials from the remaining Pasifika community in Auckland’s affluent inner-city suburbs of Ponsonby, Grey-Lynn, and Herne Bay.
Tribal: Inside New Zealand’s Wildest Music Scenes, 6 x 10 mins, Fairfax NZ for Stuff, up to $170,900 plus a platform contribution of $29,920. A documentary series investigating how music builds diverse and devoted sub-cultures across Aotearoa.
Young and Famous, 31 x 3 mins, Manaia M for YouTube, up to $230,088. A raw, real, and crazy ‘behind the fame’ look into the lives of some of New Zealand’s most viral content creators, who will expose some of the less glamorous elements of being Young and Famous.
2000s Baby, 5 x 10 mins, Re: for Re:, up to $190,980 plus a platform contribution of $39,600. The babies of 2000 are turning 21 and inviting audiences to their birthday parties in the new documentary series 2000s Baby, which will explore what it looks like to become an adult in different parts of Aotearoa.
Bug Hunter! Aotearoa, 6 x 10 mins, Gibson Group for HEIHEI, up to $303,368. Follow Morgane Merien, aka the Bug Hunter, as she searches for unique insects and spiders living across six of Aotearoa’s most extreme and special habitats.
Island Of Mystery 2, 10 x 9 mins, Adrenalin Group for HEIHEI, up to $385,079. Josh, his dog Kazumi and his rōpū of newfound friends continue their quest for the godstick in the second season of this animated series.
Kea Kids News 2021/22, 40 x 7 mins, Luke Nola & Friends for Stuff, up to $608,461 plus a platform contribution of $36,320. Kea Kids News 2021/22 will keep Aotearoa’s young citizens educated and engaged with news made by tamariki, for tamariki.
Riddle Me This!, 8 x 4 mins, A Grain Of Rice Production for HEIHEI, up to $265,950. A mesmerizing animated series chronicling how a group of children use their powers of critical thinking and imagination to solve an intriguing mystery riddle
Welcome To Cardboard City 3, 10 x 5 mins, Vinewood for HEIHEI, up to $271,400. Join unlikely cardboard heroes as they embark on more crazy, pint-sized blockbuster adventures in the third season of this award-winning series.
Yap Trap 2, 15 x 2 mins, Sad Patrol for HEIHEI, up to $154,815. An animated musical comedy series that creates oddball humor from stock and archive footage and photography.
Voxpops, Kinga Voxpop Limited, up to $48,150
Radio Active Capital Fund, Radio Active FM, up to $3,450
Radio Control Capital Fund, Massey University Students Association, up to $1,500
National Pacific Radio Trust, National Pacific Radio Trust, up to $4,760,000
Samoa Capital Radio, Siufofoga O Le Laumua Trust, up to $190,000
Access Radio Taranaki, Access Radio Taranaki Trust, up to $240,000
Arrow FM, Access Radio Wairarapa Charitable Trust, up to $190,000
Coast Access Radio, Coast Access Radio Trust, up to $185,000
Free FM, Waikato Community Broadcasting, up to $302,000
Fresh FM, Tasman Broadcasting Trust, up to $225,000
Manawatu People's Radio, Manawatu Access Radio Charitable Trust, up to $230,000
Otago Access Radio, Hills Radio Trust, up to $235,000
Plains FM, The Canterbury Communications Trust, up to $289,000
Planet FM 104.6, Access Community Radio Auckland, up to $300,000
Radio Kidnappers, Radio Kidnappers Charitable Trust, up to $240,000
Radio Southland, Southland Community Broadcasters Charitable Trust, up to $227,500
Wellington Access Radio, Wellington Access Broadcasting Society, up to $295,000
Access Media NZ Project, Waikato Community Broadcasting, up to $90,430
CAMA Coordinator, Community Access Media Alliance, up to $70,000
95BFM, Campus Radio BFM, up to $300,000
Radio Active, Radio Active FM, up to $250,000
Radio Control, Radio Control 99.4FM, up to $150,000
Radio One, Radio One 91 FM, up to $130,000
RDU 98.5FM, RDU 98.5FM, up to $200,000
TV Captioning and Audio Description, Media Access Charitable Trust (Able), up to $4,900,000
RNZ, Radio New Zealand, up to 42,606,000
HEIHEI Games Platform, Gamelab, up to $148,280
HEIHEI Operating Costs, TVNZ, up to $458,190
NZ On Screen and AudioCulture, Digital Media Trust, up to $1,399,500
Tokyo 2021 Paralympics, 12 x 720 mins, TVNZ for TVNZ 1, up to 101,597
Waharoa Portal To The Past, Gateway To The Future, 2 x 45 mins, Frame Up Films for Prime, up to 83,213
Patrick Gower On...2, 2 x 44 mins, Ruckus Media for Three, up to 31,750
Breaking Silence 2, 8 x 10 mins, Magnetic Pictures for Stuff, up to 10,662
Rural Delivery 2021, 10 x 23 mins, Showdown Productions for TVNZ 1, up to 6,037
Return Of The Wild, 4 x 45 mins, Fisheye Films for RNZ, up to 39,926
Tumeke Space S1: Part 1, 5 x 22 mins, Mukpuddy for HEIHEI, up to 217,400
The Panthers, 6 x 44 mins, Tavake Limited for TVNZ 1, up to 123,149
Ahikāroa 4, 20 x 26 mins, Kura Productions for Māori Television, up to 88,050
Kura 2, 6 x 15 mins, Plus6Four Entertainment for TVNZ OnDemand, up to 17,009
SIS 1, 6 x 22 mins, SIS The Show for Prime, up to 45,760
Princess Of Chaos, 1 x 90 mins, Chaos Films for TVNZ 1, up to 19,200
Taskmaster NZ 2, 10 x 44 mins, Kevin & Co for TVNZ 2, up to 14,692
RDU 98.5FM 2020/2021, RDU 98.5FM, up to $13,458
NZ On Screen and Audioculture Capital 2020/2021, Digital Media Trust, up to $38,600
New Music Project
Balu Brigada, Goldie Management, up to $40,000
Donell Lewis, Five AM Artists Management, up to 40,000
Jenny Mitchell, NicNak Media, up to 30,000
Lilly Carron, Goldie Management, up to 40,000
Niko Walters, Universal Music New Zealand, up to 39,200
Reb Fountain, Flying Nun Records, up to 32,000
Shepherds Reign, Wrecking Ball Media, up to 30,000
Sit Down In Front, Native Tongue, up to 29,528
Troy Kingi and ChoiceVaughan, Tavake Limited, up to 40,000
New Music Single - up to $10,000
Abby Lee Ft. Vince Harder, Look What You Made Me Do
Aidan Fine Feat. Church & Ap, Clv
Alien Weaponry, Down the Rabbit Hole
Amamelia Feat. Junny , Love Is Useless
Ant Utama, Any Other Way
Beastwars, Cold Wind
Bexy, Not the One I Want
Dbldbl Ft. Pollyhill and Lvj, Big Mike
Dual, Two Hands Up
French for Rabbits, Ouija Board
Gino October Ft. Chaii, About That
Holly Arrowsmith, Desert Dove
Isla Noon, Talk About Us
Jack Page, Halfway
Jamie Mcdell, Not Ready Yet
Jarna, If Only You Knew
Jazmine Mary, Move Me
Louisa Nicklin, There Will Be Times
Lucky Boy Ft. Phoebe Rings, Burned Out
Mazbou Q Ft. Raiza Biza, G.o.a.t Problems
Nicholas Franchise, Worry Bout
Park Rd, Control
Prins, Follow Me
Sam V, Wired
Shannon Matthew Vanya Ft. Ives, Saw It In Your Eyes
Sheep, Dog & Wolf, Periphescence
Shepherds Reign, the Cup Has Spilt
Sylvee, Retrograde World
Tom Verberne, Tangled
Trei X Lee Mvtthews Ft. Nu, Lights Out
Upper Hutt Posse, Say Do Don't Do People
Voom Ft. Fazerdaze, Magic
New Music Development - up to $6,000
Harry Charles, Sophie Bialostocki
Jazmine Rose Phillips
NZ Television Awards 2021, J & A Productions, up to 60,000
Māoriland Film Festival 2021, Māoriland Charitable Trust, up to 10,000
Māoriland Industry Development - He Uru Maire, Māoriland Charitable Trust, up to 80,000
Yami Sounz Summit 2021, Lake Wanaka Sounz Incorporated, up to 6,000