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Media Sector Support


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Our role


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.

Latest Initiatives


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
Journalism Fund
Post COVID-19 relief

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 business case.

More information on Strong Public Media 

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. The $55 million package will be made up of $10 million in 2020/21, $25 million in 2021/22 and $20 million in 2022/23.
 
More information on the Journalism Fund 
 

Post COVID-19 relief 


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 January 2021, $46.9 million has been allocated to 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.

Further information 


Other useful sites Unite against COVID-19 and COVID-19: Information for Businesses

If you have any queries please contact [email protected]



Updated on 12th April 2021