In December 2009 a bill was introduced to Parliament to replace the TVNZ Charter with more general statutory functions which would leave TVNZ free to determine its own priorities. The bill also proposes a mechanism to enable access to pre-1989 works currently “locked up” in TVNZ’s archive.
In May 2011, the Television New Zealand Amendment Bill which replaces TVNZ’s charter with a different set of governing functions passed its second stage.
On 22 June 2011, the bill completed its committee stage and was reported without amendment. On 12 July 2011, Parliament passed the TVNZ Amendment Bill, which removes the broadcaster's charter.
More more information on the Bill is available on Parliament's website.
Updated on 23rd July 2015