July/September 2022 Funding Round Information – Scripted, Factual, IDF

The September round is focused on production applications intended to reflect and/or appeal to targeted audiences. This includes funding for Children’s content. Information for producers intending to make a Children’s content funding application can be read in this separate document.

Read the 2021 July/September 2022 funding round information for applicants here.

Production applications (excluding Children’s content) will be considered as follows:

Factual – the focus for this round is for applications for targeted audiences that will deliver to all genres of Factual content.

  • These applications are most likely to deliver to the Many Perspectives and Fresh Opportunities streams of the Factual Roadmap.
  • Approximately $8m has been allocated for Factual content in this round.

Scripted – the focus for this round is for applications for the Sustainable and Newer Storytellers streams of our Scripted Roadmap.

  • Approximately $5m has been allocated for Scripted content in this round.

Development – both Content (including Diverse Development) and Industry Development applications will be considered. However, funding for both streams is limited and applications will have to reach a high bar to be successful. Please see the Development Roadmap.

  • Factual development applications will only be accepted for projects that require significant research and have co-funding from the supporting platform.

Further information and minor updates to our Content and Industry Development Funding policies can be seen in paragraph F of the round information document.


23 Jun 2022, 4pm Round open for applications.

All applications must be made through NZ On Air’s online application system. Applications not submitted through this system will not be accepted.

21 July 2022, 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.

21 September 2022 Decisions confirmed, applicants notified the following day. This date may be extended at NZ On Air’s sole discretion

Matariki 2023 Special - request for proposals

Te Māngai Pāho and NZ On Air | Irirangi te Motu are joining forces with Whakaata Māori, TVNZ | Te Reo Tātaki, and Prime/SKY to fund a Matariki 2023 te reo Māori online and television special for children 10+.

We intend to fund tamariki content for Matariki annually, and we see this short-form special as a potential pilot to a series, or feature film in future.

We are now calling for proposals via our July/September Children's content funding round for a receptive (30 - 70%) and fluent (70% - 100%) special that could be up to 30 minutes long, and based on the three themes of Matariki: reflect, celebrate, and reset. The special is intended to be released simultaneously on Whakaata Māori, TVNZ | Te Reo Tātaki, and Prime/SKY for Matariki 2023.

For more information about the Matariki 2023 RFP, please see paragraph I in the July/September Children's content funding round document here.

New policy published

We have recently published a new External complaints policy and procedures, to formalise our process when dealing with certain types of complaints.

You can read more about these, and further information on complaints, on a new page on our website. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with this page, as well as our External Complaints Policy and External Complaints Procedure documents.

Updated NZ On Air logo and brand assets

On 1 November 2021 NZ On Air Air updated our logo and brand assets, and issued new, clearer accreditation requirements.

Eight months later, it's been great to see the majority of platforms and producers correctly applying these assets. However, there are a few instances where we've noticed the old assets still being used.

A reminder to please download our new logo pack and accreditation requirements document, and delete any saved versions of the old logo, animated logo bug, animated credit sequence or accreditation requirements document you have on file.

Should you have further queries relating to these requirements or the NZ On Air brand, please contact: communications@nzonair.govt.nz