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NZ screens and airwaves to be filled with stimulating new factual stories next year

Factual story-telling that reveals more of who we are, the land we live in, and the many and varied communities that make up our nation, feature in a strong new line-up of NZ On Air-funded content for 2019. 24 separate projects have gained support out of 48 Factual applications.

Origins is a landmark documentary series presented by Professor Scotty Morrison. The primetime series will draw on oral histories and whakapapa, together with the latest scientific findings in anthropology, biology and linguistics, to unearth the definitive story of the origins of Māori.

A Māori whanau in Kaitaia competing with global giants with their high quality manuka honey will be the subject of a new observational documentary series Honey Wars, on Prime.

While at the other end of the country, protecting our native wildlife is the subject of a new series set in Otago. Wildlife Rescue, shot by an award-winning Natural History NZ team, will screen on Choice TV.

A one-off documentary on the 1987 All Blacks win at the inaugural Rugby World Cup will draw on the recollections of four of the key players. By The Balls is a premium docu-drama for TVNZ 1’s Sunday Theatre slot.

New observational series, Living With The Boss uses a real life social experiment to examine the employer/employee relationship. Each week, an employer will live under the same roof as one of their workers. Outside the comfort of their own homes, these bosses will be exposed to the challenges their employees face, potentially leading to positive workplace changes.

A podcast series marking the 40th anniversary of the Mt Erebus crash – still NZ’s worst air disaster - will delve behind the iconic phrase ‘orchestrated litany of lies’ to unravel truths and untruths.

Political current affairs shows Newshub Nation, The Hui and Q + A will return to keep the powerful accountable, and will be joined by new short-form investigations from Newsroom NZ.

Also returning are the thought-provoking TVNZ 1 series I AM…, showing us inside the lives of extraordinary and diverse New Zealanders; Three’s Grand Designs to inspire and amaze us with challenging home-builds in unique locations; Namaste NZ, covering lives and stories important to the Indian community in New Zealand; and The Nutters Club continues to encourage conversations about mental health.

“Great factual story-telling reveals so much to viewers, makes us think, and increases our understanding of important issues. These projects present a stunning array of ideas that will ensure there’s lots to challenge us in 2019,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

“This content will physically traverse the country – providing viewers with a wonderful window into many different communities, places and lives in New Zealand,” she continued.

The full list of funded projects is below.

Funding details

New

Origins, 3 x 44 mins, Greenstone TV and Scottie Douglas productions for TVNZ 1, $1,336,267

By The Balls, 1 x 90 mins, Rogue Productions for TVNZ 1, up to $971,485

Wildlife Rescue, 5 x 45 mins, NHNZ for Choice TV, up to $495,000

Honey Wars, 8 x 22 mins, Greenstone TV for Prime, up to $399,991

Living With The Boss, 8 x 44 mins, ASC Media for TVNZ 1, up to $319,353

Newsroom Investigates, 6 x 10 mins, Newsroom NZ for Newsroom NZ, up to $198,051

The Cannabis Coast, 8 x 23 mins, Te Amokura Productions for Prime, up to $194,935

On The Rag, 8 x 20 mins, Hex Work T/A The Spinoff for The Spinoff, up to $ 190,001

Litany of Lies, 10 x 45 mins, Media Construction Group for Watch Me, up to $179,995

Aotearoa’s Lost Sporting Legends, 8 x 8 mins, Hex Work T/A The Spinoff for The Spinoff, up to $149,717

The New Gala, 3 x 44 mins, Augusto for TVNZ 2, up to $119,366

Two Sketches, 8 x 25 mins, Hex Work T/A The Spinoff for The Spinoff, up to $105,816

Returning

Newshub Nation 2019, 41 x 56 mins, MediaWorks TV for Three, up to $916,905

Q + A 2019, 40 x 45 mins, TVNZ for TVNZ 1, up to $846,000

I Am…2, 6 x 44 mins, Screentime NZ for TVNZ 1, up to $800,245

The Hui 2019 – Kaupeka Whā, 40 x 28 mins, Great Southern Television for Three, up to $543,988

Toa Hunter Gatherer 3, 8 x 26 mins, Hi Mama for Māori Television, up to $316,288

Namaste NZ 2, 10 x 26 mins, Top Shelf Productions for APNA TV, up to $310,000

Grand Designs NZ 5, 6 x 44 mins, Imagination Television for Three, up to $240,000

Loading Docs: Power, 8 x 5 mins, Notable Pictures for Loading Docs.net, up to $168,767

ANZAC Day Wreath Laying Ceremony 2019, 1 x 60 mins, Screentime NZ for TVNZ 1, up to $98,000

The Nutters Club, 49 x 90 mins, The Key To Life Charitable Trust for Newstalk ZB, up to $80,830

Paakiwaha 2019, 48 x 120 mins, UMA Broadcasting for Radio Waatea, up to $75,000

Christmas 2018, 2 x 732 mins, Christian Broadcasting Association for Newstalk ZB, up to $35,988


Updated on 9th January 2019