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News and Media Services during COVID-19 Alert Levels
Auckland, Raglan, Te Kauwhata, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia, Hamilton City and some surrounding areas are at Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. At Alert Level 3 only certain businesses and services may operate from a workplace but may continue to operate from home. Read more information on News and media services during COVID-19 Alert Levels.
The media plays a vital role in a healthy democracy by holding governments and the commercial sector to account, sharing the stories that are important to us and reflecting who we are as New Zealanders. Our media showcases Aotearoa’s unique identity, culture and languages.
Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage works with the media sector and provides advice to the Minister for Broadcasting and Media, to help address the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector.
We also share guidance with the media sector on changes in policy and legislation that could impact on their environment and operations.
Working alongside our funding agencies, we draw on specific expertise within the sector to design and deliver initiatives that help media organisations evolve and flourish over time.
Government has a range of initiatives underway to support the media sector in the short term and shape a more sustainable media eco-system in the long term.
Strong Public Media
Public media makes an essential contribution to the overall health of New Zealand’s media. Government is committed to ensuring public media is fit for the future and able to thrive amid the changing media landscape
In January 2020, Cabinet agreed to commission a business case to examine the viability of creating a new, fit-for-purpose public media entity.
The business case will look at how public media can meet the changing expectations of audiences and support a strong, vibrant media sector. It will consider options for how a potential new public media entity could operate - including how it would complement Māori media and private media.
Minister for Broadcasting and Media Kris Faafoi has appointed a Governance Group, reporting to him directly, to lead work to complete the detailed business case.
More information on Strong Public Media
Public Interest Journalism fund
Media and online content regulation
A comprehensive review of media content regulation in New Zealand was announced by Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Jan Tinetti, on 8 June 2021. The review is managed by the Department of Internal Affairs, with support from Manatū Taonga.
The review aims to create a new modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework to mitigate the harmful impacts of media content, regardless of how it is delivered.
The framework will still need to protect and enhance important democratic freedoms, including freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
For more information please visit the Department of Internal Affairs website.
COVID-19 exacerbated the existing challenges facing the media sector. The drop in advertising revenue through the lockdowns also had a significant impact on many media organisations.
In April 2020, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage worked with the sector to rapidly develop the $50 million media sector support package. This support package focussed on reducing cost and easing cashflow pressure for a range of media organisations.
$18 million made available to the sector within a month of announcing the relief.
As of June 2021, $39.48 million has been delivered to support more than 300 media organisations. Organisations that have received support range from small broadcasters serving specific communities to large media companies that reach a spread of New Zealanders.
The initiatives were:
Transmission fee waiver in which the Government fund six months of transmission fees for DTT, DTH, FM and AM for eligible organisations.
NZ On Air Platform contribution in which Government fund 80% of the platform contribution fees for 2020/21 for eligible media organisations.
Advance purchase of news subscriptions in which Government make advance purchase on news subscriptions for selected government agencies for 2020/21.
Advance purchase of advertising in which Government make advance payment for government agency advertising space for 2020/21, to eligible media organisations.
Publications grant in which $4 million is targeted at media organisations that have yet to receive significant relief from the fund – in particular magazines and community newspapers.
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Public Interest Journalism Fund
Minister for Broadcasting and Media, Kris Faafoi has announced a $55 million package to support public interest journalism. The Journalism Fund will support New Zealand’s media to continue to produce stories that keep New Zealanders informed and engaged and support a healthy democracy.
Our role in Media and Broadcasting
Working with the sector, Government looks at how support for the media sector can be shaped and implemented in the short and long term.
$4 million of funds from the Government’s $50 million media support package was targeted at media organisations that had yet to receive significant relief from the fund – in particular magazines and community newspapers.
The focus of more immediate relief in response to the impact of Covid-19 is easing cashflow pressure across the sector. Of particular importance is provide this relief to a wide range of local media organisations and channels, to support plurality of voice in the media.
Government News subscriptions
Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage on behalf of 32 government departments and 4 departmental agencies, will fund subscriptions or memberships to news services for these government departments for the 2020/21 year.
NZ On Air Platform Contribution
Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and New Zealand On Air Irirangi Te Motu worked together to deliver an initiative that decreases the cost for broadcasters on their platform contribution by 80%.
Updated on 11th October 2021