NZ On Air’s mission is to fund media content which connects and reflects our nation.

But we know from our Where Are The Audiences research that Asian New Zealanders are the least engaged with local content and platforms (along with youth). We also know from our Diversity Report that Asian New Zealanders are under-represented among the key creative roles making content.

To better understand what Asian New Zealanders are consuming and why, NZ On Air commissioned independent researchers Heather Irvine and Wing Morgan to conduct ethnographic qualitative research, involving indepth questioning of a group of Indian and Chinese New Zealanders in their homes. Indian and Chinese New Zealanders were chosen as the largest of the Asian ethnic groups in Aotearoa.

The study sought to identify what media they consume, what motivates their choices and what’s missing for them. The findings will be used to guide the development and promotion of authentically New Zealand media that is relevant, meaningful and accessible to these communities.

Key findings among Chinese New Zealanders interviewed include:

  • Chinese New Zealanders’ media diet is largely Chinese or international, consuming content in Chinese languages, and with a different aesthetic and taste to NZ fare.
  • They are consuming their content largely on international platforms and rarely use local linear TV or radio.
  • When they do consume local content it’s often for practical information such as the weather, news and Covid updates.
  • There’s a perception local media is ‘not for them’.
  • And if there is content they might be interested in, they don’t know how to find it or would prefer it was in Chinese languages.
  • They would be motivated to connect with local content to learn about everyday life in NZ, better understand NZ and the people around them, and explore NZ history and cultures, particularly Māori and Pasifika.

Key findings among Indian New Zealanders interviewed include:

  • Indian New Zealanders have a more broad media repertoire that includes local and international content, and can feel connected with a wider NZ social narrative through local content.
  • Indian participants tend to access NZ content through linear broadcast platforms, though many now also use online platforms.
  • However there are gaps emerging. Some participants had lost their connection to NZ media in the transition to online, and some newer migrants have never discovered NZ platforms.
  • They want to see themselves reflected in local content more authentically and diversely. ‘More than just dairy robberies and arranged marriages’.
  • And they want to be reflected as New Zealanders, not outsiders – to reflect their sense of belonging.

Read the full Chinese and Indian New Zealanders' Media Use in Aotearoa New Zealand research below.