This sixth Diversity Report includes survey responses from 178 Scripted and Factual projects funded by NZ On Air and fully delivered between March 2020 and the end of June 2021.

Having six years of consecutive years of data enables us to report on consistent trends in several areas of NZ On Air funded production sectors. The key findings in this year's report are:

  • Women make up 61% of producing roles and account for 48.8% of writers, but lag behind their male counterparts in directing drama, documentary and children’s programming. Nearly 43% (42.7%) of directors identify as female, compared to 57.8% male.
  • Male directors have outnumbered women in the genres of drama, documentary and children’s programming across the previous four years of this report. According to the 2021 report, male directors were responsible for 59.1% of drama content and 58.1% of children’s content. Women make up 48.6% of documentary directors.
  • While the numbers of Pākehā, Māori and Pacific Peoples working in key creative roles on funded screen projects aligned with Statistics NZ population ethnicity data, Asian creatives were notably under-represented across directing, producing and writing roles.
  • There is a consistent under-representation of Asian creatives in all three roles surveyed: producer, director and writer/researcher. This is an area NZ On Air is investing in – such as the current Episode 1 initiative through PASC.
  • Auckland still dominates as the centre of production and remains the most ethnically diverse of the main centres.

    The full report and a 2021 Diversity Report Infographic are available below.
Diversity Report infographic