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New Zealand’s screen industry has become increasingly important as a source of employment and overseas revenue.  It includes film production and post-production, television broadcasting, film distribution and exhibition.

In April 2019, Statistics New Zealand's data showed that screen revenue eased since the record high level it saw in the 2016-17 financial year. The total screen industry revenue in the 2017-18 period was $3.3 billion. The survey shows increased regional production outside the main centres, particularly in the South Island. Employment data reported in the survey shows an increase to the number of screen sector jobs, and people employed in the sector. Visit Statistics New Zealand's website for the 2019 screen sector data. In June 2019, Statistics New Zealand announced that the annual screen industry survey would end in the 2019/20 financial year.

NZ On Air is the government’s primary agency for funding local content on television, radio and the internet. Read about latest highlights in their 2017/18 annual report.

The New Zealand Film Commission oversees the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of New Zealand films, domestically and internationally. It also administers grants and incentives designed to boost film production in New Zealand.

In 2017/18, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) launched Te Rautaki Māori, a strategy focused on developing an ongoing partnership with the Māori screen industry. To support the strategy, new funding opportunities and support for Māori filmmakers were also announced. Eleven feature films (including four documentaries) with NZFC production financing were released theatrically in New Zealand in the period. The title which generated the highest box office was The Breaker Upperers with a gross of $1,762,706 (to 30 June 2018). Eleven feature films (including four documentaries) with NZFC production financing were released theatrically in New Zealand in the period. The title which generated the highest box office was The Breaker Upperers with a gross of $1,762,706 (to 30 June 2018).42 final NZSPG certificates were issued, 13 to New Zealand productions and 29 to international productions. Read more about these achievements, and other Film Commission achievements in the past year in the New Zealand Film Commission's Annual Report.

The Ministry manages requests for non-commercial radio broadcasting licenses.  Non-commercial radio frequencies only rarely become available but if a frequency or network of frequencies does become available the Ministry will award it to the applicant who best meets eligibility requirements and criteria such as showing a strong geographic or community of interest connection with the target audience, with programming focused on the needs and interests of the audiences they serve.  For more details, visit our non-commercial radio broadcasting licences page.

 


Updated on 7th October 2019