NZ On Air’s fourth Diversity Report shows a more diverse mix of content creators in key screen production roles, but there is still under-representation of Asian screen creatives, and women in music.

The NZ On Air annual Diversity Report monitors gender, ethnic and regional representation across funded screen production, and gender representation among recorded music artists funded through NZ On Air.

NZ On Air has now gathered four years of comparable data from funded Scripted and Factual content and two years of funded music. This allows NZ On Air to report on emerging trends and notable data shifts.

Key points:

  • Women continue to be well represented among producers and writers, making up 62% of producers surveyed and 57% of writers this year.
  • Women now make up almost half (47%) of all director roles in NZ On Air funded content, this is a notable increase from 2016, in which only 33% of directors identified as women.
  • There has been a notable increase in women directing drama, in 2016 only 11% of dramas were directed by women, compared to 46% in 2019.
  • If a project has a female producer it is more likely to have a female director.
  • Asian creatives are under-represented across the board, with only 4% of producers, 4% of directors and 7% of writer/researcher roles identifying as Asian.
  • The numbers of Māori and Pacific people in producing roles is broadly in line with the population, with 22% of producers identifying as Māori and 7% of producers identifying as Pasifika.
  • Māori and Pacific people continue to be well-represented in directing roles. This year just under a quarter of directors of funded content identified as Māori (23%) and 16% of directors identified as one or more Pacific ethnicity.
  • Auckland still dominates as the centre of production and remains the most ethnically diverse of the main centres.
  • Women make up 27% of music funding applicants with around 33% funded. Funded mixed groups, which include women musicians, increase this percentage by a little. While the gender percentages are lower when compared to the general population, they are reflective of the numbers of female artists who are members of the music professional body APRA AMCOS NZ (23.8% women).

Read the full report below