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nz-on-air-logo-300A nostalgic journey back to New Zealand in a by-gone era captured in amateur film footage, and more beautiful and awe-inspiring journeys through our oceans are just two of the colourful new documentary projects to secure NZ On Air funding.

Decades In Colour is a new three-part series to screen on Prime that will bring together never-before-broadcast amateur colour footage, official records and interviews to portray social change through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Continue reading »

NZ On Air is pleased to announce funding for new current affairs programmes, The Vote, for TV3.

The Vote extends NZ On Air’s support for current affairs under the Platinum Fund. Q + A and The Nation have each also been supported for another season on TV ONE and TV3 respectively.

Ten new programmes will involve a series of informative and engaging debates on issues of national importance. Each programme will incorporate interaction with viewers and conclude with a citizen’s vote. It will be presented by Guyon Espiner and Duncan Garner. Continue reading »

NZ On Air’s new Pacific content strategy is a vital document that will underpin how the agency considers funding for Pacific audiences in the future.

One of NZ On Air’s key roles is to support and encourage content for diverse special interest audiences. Pacific people form an important such audience.

The strategy follows the publication of a comprehensive research paper looking at Pacific broadcast programming. This was the first such research to be conducted in New Zealand, assessing content alongside demographic information of the various Pacific audiences. Continue reading »

NZ On Air is pleased to announce funding for another series of the popular drama series Nothing Trivial for TV One.

With two successful series delighting audiences, the third series of Nothing Trivial will screen in late 2013.

As part of the upcoming commemorations of World War One, NZ On Air is also pleased to announce funding for a significant series War News to screen on Prime. The Platinum funded documentary series will look at the roles played by many different New Zealanders in various WWI campaigns and will be told in an innovative way. Continue reading »

New series of The Almighty Johnsons and 7 Days and a variety of new and returning TV programming is being supported by NZ On Air.

In the latest funding round a third season of The Almighty Johnsons has been supported for TV3 and 7 Days gets the green-light to return to the channel in 2013. Continue reading »

NZ On Air is proud to be able to announce support for The X Factor NZ 2013.

The X Factor NZ’s search throughout the country for singing talent will be shared with audiences next year on TV3.

As a proven concept The X Factor offers a highly successful way to develop the careers of New Zealand singers and introduce them to large New Zealand audiences.

NZ On Air will be a minority investor in the ambitious programme. Continue reading »

NZ On Air supports new season of Back Benches

NZ On Air is pleased to announce support for a new series of Back Benches to screen on Prime.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the talented Back Benches team” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson. “Their particular combination of political current affairs and humour makes topical political debate highly accessible.”

“The series found a loyal audience on TVNZ 7 and NZ On Air and Prime are delighted to join forces to find it a new home.” Ms Wrightson says.

NZ On Air has supported Back Benches for 20 episodes to run in 2013.

NZ On Air is pleased to announce support for Hope and Wire, which will screen on TV3.

The Platinum Funded six-part drama series is set in Christchurch in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes.

“This is an incredibly important project” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson. “It is set around the most significant event in New Zealand’s recent history and we are pleased to commit this investment to telling a version of Christchurch’s story.” Continue reading »

NZ On Air is pleased to announce support for an exciting new line up of documentaries and comedies set to hit screens in 2013.

The first funding round of the new financial year has seen nearly $12 million committed to comedies and documentaries to screen across five free-to-air channels.

“We had a large number of applications for this round” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.  “That has meant some very tough decisions. But audiences are in for some special treats next year from a particularly varied range of talent behind the successful projects”, she says. Continue reading »

NZ On Air has given the green light for a number of new programmes and some established favourites in its latest TV funding round.

Keeping It Pure will be an ambitious six-part documentary series examining environmental practices in New Zealand, the challenges, and how the country measures up to its 100% Pure ambition.

The series has been supported through the Platinum Fund and will screen on Prime. Continue reading »