Note: Projects intended for the new ANZPM (TVNZ and RNZ platforms) are funded up to end of June 2023.


Broken Backs and Mountains, 6 x 22 mins, Great Southern Television for Prime and Whakaata Māori, up to $1,980,000. A new dark comedy series that explores the “ups, downs, tears and tantrums, joys and losses” of living with a disability.

Only In Aotearoa 3: Wāhine Edition, 6 x 22 mins, Kura Productions for Whakaata Māori, Māori +, and Prime, up to $1,134,000. A new sketch comedy show written 100% by wāhine Māori, Only In Aotearoa 3: Wāhine Edition will feature emerging and established comedians on both sides of the camera.

New Zealand Today 4, 8 x 22 mins, Kevin and Co for Three and ThreeNow, up to $972,997. Aotearoa's favourite volunteer journalist Guy Williams returns to cover more local stories happening in New Zealand Today.

Taskmaster 4, 10 x 44 mins, Kevin and Co for TVNZ 2 and TVNZ +, up to $882,119. Five new comedians will complete an assortment of baffling and bizarre challenges in the fourth series of Taskmaster NZ .

The Queen, The Club, The Boy, The Girl And Everything In Between, 6 x 22 mins, Lucky Legs Media for TVNZ+, up to $629,120. A new Scripted comedy series that follows the journey of a son reconciling his relationship with his father, who just happens to be the most famous drag queen in the country.

Feature Animation Series 2, 2 x 105 mins, Matewa Media for Whakaata Māori and Māori+, up to $500,000. Following the success of Lion King Reo Māori and Frozen Reo Māori, two new Disney films will be reimagined for audiences in Aotearoa, supporting the development of Te Reo Māori language revitalisation, music composition, Māori screen performance, production, and post-production.

New Zealand Comedy Festival Partnership 2023, 5 x 60 mins, Three – Local Production for Three and ThreeNow, up to $265,377. Coverage of five local events in the 2023 New Zealand Comedy Festival.

Untitled Robert Sarkies Project, 1 x 100 mins, POP Film for Three and ThreeNow, up to $200,000. Acclaimed director of Scarfies and Out Of The Blue, Robert Sarkies will helm a new as-yet untitled feature film for Three, ThreeNow and theatrical release.

The Gone (additional), Kōtare Productions for TVNZ 1, up to $250,000

The Bishop (additional), Warner Bros. Int. TV Production NZ for TVNZ 2, up to $658,495



Wheel Blacks: Bodies On The Line, 3 x 45 mins, Sweet Productions for Prime, up to $631,838. A documentary series on the inspirational story of the Wheel Blacks, as they strive for a spot at the 2024 Paris Paralympics.

Family, Faith And Footy, 2 x 44 mins, Great Southern Television for TVNZ 1 and TVNZ+, up to $619,613. A documentary series on the history of Pasifika rugby players in the build-up to the men’s Rugby World Cup 2023 – examining what defines them: family, faith and footy.

Shepherdess, 6 x 22 mins, Overactive Imagination for Prime, up to $506,700. A series celebrating women leading colourful, cultured lives in provincial Aotearoa.

Into The Valley, 4 x 22 mins, Wheke Group for ThreeNow, up to $358,159. A series that aims to unmask the truth behind the 2007 government raids in remote Te Urewera on Tūhoe.

Red Light Boys, 5 x 15 mins, Two Heads for Re:, up to $290,625. A series investigating the day-to-day lives of four sexually-diverse 18–25-year-old cis-male and transgender male sex workers. Interwoven with the perspective of a mature sex worker who began his journey at age 14.

The Turning Point, 6 x 12 mins, Ocular for RNZ, up to $268,431. A new generation of kaitiaki across Aotearoa take on the challenge of protecting our natural environment, paving the way to a more hopeful future.

Marauders, 18 x 10 mins, Transmit for RNZ, up to $251,000. An exclusive untold video diary capturing the 2003 debut European tour for Fat Freddy’s Drop. A compelling and entertaining ‘blast from the past’, coinciding with the tour’s 20th anniversary in 2023.

Heavyweight With Dave Letele, 1 x 44 mins, Heavyweight Media for TVNZ 2, up to $245,942. Dave Letele (Ngāti Maniapoto/Samoa) shares his highly personal story and speaks with academics and others, providing an impactful, multi-faceted perspective on many complex issues.

The Food Crisis, 1 x 45 mins, Red Sky Film & Television for Prime, up to $214,470. Award-winning documentary maker Bryan Bruce investigates why food is becoming so expensive, what we could do about it and what will happen if we do nothing.

Breaking The Ice Ceiling, 4 x 10 mins, Greenstone TV for Stuff, up to $185,318. This project covers Lydia Bradey (ONZM), the first woman to summit Everest without oxygen, mentoring Holly Beckham, a survivor of addiction, on her mission to be the first Māori wahine to scale Everest.

100 Days Free, 4 x 10 mins, 412 Films for NZME, up to $161,300. A mostly observational documentary that follows four prisoners during their first 100 days out of prison, their reunions with friends and family, and their journey as they start to rebuild their lives.

Dear Jane, 5 x 25 mins, The Spinoff for The Spinoff, up to $157,994. A podcast series exploring the topic of sexual grooming through an in-depth retelling of one woman’s story.

Chewing The Fat, 10 x 25 mins, Alexandra Borissenko for NZME, up to $85,980. A podcast series that delves into the 'obesity epidemic' in Aotearoa; its history, social and political forces, misconceptions, science, social and cultural impact, economics - and what’s being done about it.

No Such Thing As Normal, 10 x 30 mins, Team Uniform for NZME, up to $43,600. A podcast series, fronted by Sonia Gray, bringing together Sonia’s personal experiences and interviews with industry experts around the topic of neurodevelopmental conditions.


Patrick Gower: On, 2 x 45 mins, Ruckus Media for Three, up to $490,914. Two more documentaries in the Patrick Gower: On series.

Documentary Anthology 2, Hex Work Productions for The Spinoff, up to $429,961. Each documentary is a standalone film about life in Aotearoa.

Queer And Here 2, 6 x 26 mins, Jack Media for Whakaata Māori, up to $354,697. A fresh and provocative series presented by Aniwa Whaiapu Koloamatangi that takes viewers on a journey of discovery amongst the queer community in NZ and at the World Pride Festival in Sydney.

ANZAC 2023, 100 mins, Screentime NZ Limited for TVNZ 1, up to $138,316. Coverage of the Dawn Service at Pukeahu War Memorial Park, followed by the National Commemorative Service.

The Restaurant The Makes Mistakes (additional), Great Southern Television for TVNZ 1, up to $99,940

Public Interest Journalism


Te Rito 2023, NZME, up to $1,719,407. A second year of funding for the successful collaborative training scheme between NZME, Whakaata Māori, PMN, and Newshub, to provide journalism training and work experience for 12 cadets from Māori, Pacific and diverse backgrounds.

Tagata Pasifika 2023, Sunpix, up to $2,019,190. A 2023 season of the flagship Pasifika current affairs and news programme.

RNZ Asia Unit, RNZ, up to $1,114,672 for one year of a two-year project. A new unit producing news and current affairs content in Mandarin, Hindi and English, for Asian communities of Aotearoa.

Newshub Nation 2023, 42 x 60min, including Budget and election specials, for Discovery NZ, up to $999,781. A weekly political current affairs programme that provides political news, interviews, and analysis.

Q + A with Jack Tame 2023, 40 x 60min plus 1 x 118min special for TVNZ, up to $842,200. TVNZ’s leading political current affairs programme that tackles newsworthy political issues alongside debates and interviews.

The Hui Series 8, Great Southern Television, up to $737,036. An additional season of the award-winning weekly bilingual Māori current affairs programme that confronts difficult subjects, exposes injustice, and celebrates Māori success.

Voice of Tangaroa, Kōwhai Media Ltd, up to $175,145. A follow-up to the successful A Voice for Tangaroa project, the second season is a text, photographic and audio series of in-depth current affairs stories focused on the health and wellbeing of New Zealand’s Ocean environment.

Stuff Circuit, 90 mins video and accompanying text, print and feature articles for Stuff, up to $371,406. An award-winning investigative journalism project that unpacks Aotearoa’s most complicated and risky topics in multimedia formats.

Newsroom Investigates, 6 x 10min videos plus additional podcasts for Newsroom, up to $364,918. A collection of agenda-setting investigations from the experienced and award-winning team at Newsroom.

The Detail, 269 x 26min podcasts plus 223 articles for Newsroom, up to $626,780. A daily podcast designed to explain the stories behind the news headlines, giving listeners content and a deeper understanding of important events.

News 2 Me series 2, TVNZ, up to $515,499. A 5min news bulletin and explainer series tailor-made for tamariki between the ages of 8-14 producing 30 x 5min eps and 30 x 5min podcasts broadcast on TVNZ 2, RNZ and across social media.

Paakiwaha, UMA Broadcasting, up to $457,000. A bilingual radio programme broadcast on Radio Waatea and Waatea News Online. It provides a Māori perspective on news and current events while contributing to the normalisation of te reo Māori.

Critic Video Team, a year-long project of weekly 1min 30sec and monthly 4min video segments for Critic Te Ārohi, up to $27,516. Covering hyper-local news in Dunedin to an underserved student and rangatahi audience.

#OurMoanaOurHome, Tikilounge Productions, 15 x 3min videos and 5 x 12 min talanoa panels alongside social media content for TheCoconet.TV, up to $169,340. A digital video series educating rangatahi on the impacts of climate change on communities across several Pacific countries.


Newshub Te Rito Graduates, Newshub, up to $240,000 for four roles over one year. Four graduates of the PIJF-funded Te Rito journalism training scheme will join the Newshub newsroom to continue their career progression and contribute underrepresented perspectives to the media industry.

PMN Te Rito Graduates, The National Pacific Radio Trust, up to $120,000, for two roles over one year. Two graduates of the PIJF-funded Te Rito journalism training scheme will join the PMN newsroom to boost newsgathering and reporting capacity, and upskilling of Pasifika journalists.

NZME Te Rito Graduates, NZME, up to $240,000 for four roles over one year. Four graduates of the PIJF-funded Te Rito journalism training scheme will join NZME newsrooms to gain further professional experience and increase Māori and Pasifika participation in the industry.

Digital News Producer, Tikilounge Productions, up to $75,000 for one role over one year. An additional year of funding to continue this role, creating engaging and high-quality news content for Pasifika audiences in TheCoconet.TV newsroom.

Social Media Design Specialist, The Pantograph Punch, up to $50,058 for one role over one year (part-time). A continuation of this previously funded part-time role enhancing the discoverability and delivery of arts journalism through innovative digital design.

Sub-editor, The Spinoff, up to $111,000 for one role over one year. A continuation of this PIJF-funded role that provides dedicated fact-checking, vetting and sub-editing across The Spinoff’s news content.

Kaiwhakatiki Hourua (Partnership Editor), Kowhai Media, up to $58,520 for one role (part-time) over one year. An extension of the Partnership Editor role which provides strategic leadership on Māori issues and journalism for NZ Geographic, including recruitment and development of Māori talent and relationships with Māori communities.

Specialist Reporter, Ashburton Guardian, up to $163,840 for one role for two years. Dedicated coverage of two underreported and important topics (the courts and rural issues) for the Ashburton community.

Reporter, Radio Bay of Plenty, up to $185,924 for one role over two years. To increase the station’s newsgathering capacity in areas that currently lack coverage, including Whakatane, central and eastern Bay of Plenty.

Editor – Kaupapa Māori, The Pantograph Punch, up to $64,074 for one role over one year (part-time). Enhancing the quality and discoverability of The Pantograph Punch’s public interest journalism as it relates to Nga Toi Māori and Māori-interest publishing.

Regional Reporter, Valley Media, up to $58,355 for one role over one year (part-time). Provide news coverage of the Hauraki-Thames Valley and the Coromandel Peninsula region for the Coromandel App and the Valley Profile.

Podcast Reporter/Producer, Schistrockmedia, up to $165,246 for one role over two years. Produce and present four weekly news podcasts that cover the Wanaka, Queenstown, Central Otago and Southland regions for The Wanaka App, The Queenstown App, Central App and Southland App.

Social Media Editor, The National Pacific Radio Trust, up to $92,561 for one role over one year. Turn written news pieces into discoverable and engaging video content suitable for sharing across social media platforms.

Journalist, Radio Ngāti Porou, up to $158,093 for one role over two years. Employ a Te Rito graduate to cover newsworthy issues and deliver local news stories to iwi and Ruatoria communities.

Every Voice

Ships In The Night, 15 x 1 min, K-Ci Williams, up to $84,000. A 15-part Scripted BL (Boys' Love) series that follows Manaaki, a 19-year-old Māori boy, and Johnny, a 19-year-old Asian boy, who throw caution to the wind and get to know each other over the course of a single night.

Whakapai, 8 x 1 min, The Pantograph Punch, up to $83,180. Whakapai is a series of short and light-hearted interviews with Takatāpui and QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) artists in Aotearoa, produced by arts and culture journal The Pantograph Punch with Āhua Collective.

P.I (People Of Influence), 15 x 1 min, On The Radar, up to $75,105. This 15-part talk show-like series aims to unpack the impact of 15 ‘people of influence' from across Aotearoa and Australia - invoking nostalgia, creating community, and inspiring the next generation.

The 9-5ers, 15 x 1 min, Regan Foa’i, up to $81,920. Set in the fictional Māngere electrical appliance store 'Shock Value', The 9-5ers is a Scripted mockumentary series following the lives of three overly qualified Polynesian employees and their newly appointed ‘egghead’ boss.


New Music Development - up to $6,000

Ben Lemi

Chris Wethey

Dan Martin

Ikon Music

Jake Stokes

Mareea Paterson

Maude Minnie Morris


Nathan Sowter

Sam Johnson

Sam Taylor

Scott Seabright

Terence O’Connor

Troy Kingi

Will Henderson

Will McGillivray

New Music Feature

Coup De Main Zine Project 2023, Coup De Main, up to $20,000

Fresh Cuts in Focus, Grid City Grooves, NZ Electronica, Pulzar FM, up to $60,000

Intros 2023, Commotion, up to $25,000

Kiwi Rock Soundcheck 2023, Mediaworks Radio, up to $50,000

Mai Backyard Beats 2023, Mediaworks Radio, up to $50,000

More FM’s Wired 2023, Mediaworks Radio, up to $50,000

Most FM - Under the Mic, Kiwiana Show, Making Tracks, Taranaki FM Trust (the Most FM), up to $60,000

NZME Locals Only 2023, NZME Radio, up to $300,000

Rova Kiwi Discovery 2023, Mediaworks Radio, up to $20,000

Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats 2023, Rockquest Promotions, up to $100,000

SOUNZ Films 2023, Centre for New Zealand Music Trust (SOUNZ), up to $135,000

The George FM Profile 2023, Mediaworks Radio, up to $30,000

Uncover Discover 2023, Mediaworks Radio, up to $60,000

UTR Feature Projects 2023, Undertheradar, up to $70,000

New Music Pasifika - up to $10,000

Bkidd, Bics in Tetleys

Diggy Dupé, Got Mine

Ezra Phoenix, City of Sin

Heiressofthegame, Somalio

Kini Aii, E Taugata Nai Lo Penina

Leao, Lo’u Fetu Feat. Kenny Sterling

Loose & Colourful, Breadfruit

Michael Kuresa, Currency

Mo etc., Deep Down

Ozki, Malie

Shane Walker Feat. CIA, Taahine Tonga

The Mitis, For the Boys

Thewesternguide, Siva Mai

New Music Project

Edy, Edyonthebeat, up to $40,000

Cassie Henderson, Flahive Management, up to $40,000

Church & AP, MTCO, up to $40,000

Dual, Terry Street Studios, up to $20,000

Jackson Owens, Five AM, up to $40,000

Kora, Kora Limited, up to $40,000

Lontalius, MTCO, up to $40,000

Robinson, Robinson Music, up to $30,000

Sam V & Choicevaughan, In Rhythm From Deep, up to $40,000

Sxmpra, Sniffers, up to $39,000

Tipene, Loop Media NZ, up to $30,000

Tree, Big Lil Kids Entertainment, up to $40,000


BFM Capital 2022/23, Campus Radio 95BFM, up to $20,788

Radio Active Capital 2022/23, Radio Active FM, up to $21,315

Fresh FM Capital 2022/23, Fresh FM, up to $50,000


NZ Radio Awards 2023, Radio Broadcasters Association, up to $7,500

Voyager Media Awards 2023, Newspaper Publishers’ Association, up to $15,000

The Screen Music Uplift Program – Ngā Ringa Ārahi, Mind Your Music NZ, up to $20,000

SPADA Screen Industry Summit 2022, SPADA, up to $15,000

Every Voice 2022 Workshop, Screen Australia, up to $37,000

Cultural Capability Production Handbook for Aotearoa, SPADA, up to $30,000

SRN – Network Entity Governance Assistance, Kea New Zealand, up to $4,750