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NZ On Air

NZ On Air  - Irirangi Te Motu

NZ On Air (New Zealand's Broadcasting Commission) is a government broadcasting funding agency which invests in a range of local television, radio, music and new media content. 

In June 2014, the government announced the formation of Screen New Zealand, a new ‘virtual agency’ that formalises the collaboration of three existing screen agencies. The New Zealand Film Commission, Film New Zealand and NZ On Air will work together on a number of specific projects under the umbrella of Screen New Zealand.

The Ministry manages NZ On Air's relationship with the Crown on behalf of the Minister of Broadcasting, monitoring the funding agreement between the Minister and the entity.

Organisation Details

  • Chair – Dr Ruth Harley
  • Chief Executive – Jane Wrightson

Contact details

NZ On Air is governed by a board appointed by the Minister of Broadcasting.  The board should consist of not less that three and no more than six members.

Board Membership (expiry dates in brackets):

  • Dr Ruth Harley – Chair (April 2021)
  • Helen Grattan (Dec 2018)
  • Kim Wicksteed (November 2018)
  • John McCay (Sep 2018)
  • Ian Taylor (July 2018)
  • Stuart McLauchlan (July 2018)

Related links

NZ On Air Annual Report 2017

NZ On Air Statement of Intent 2017-2021

NZ On Air website

Broadcasting Act 1989.

Updated on 1st August 2018