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Broadcasting

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 2018, Statistics New Zealand's data revealed that the New Zealand film production revenue increased 15 percent to $1.1 billion in 2017.  Auckland’s film sector led this growth in 2017; however Wellington still remains the main player in film production. In 2017, Wellington’s film production revenue was more than half (55 percent) of New Zealand’s total, while Auckland’s share rose to 43 percent.  Wellington-based production and post-production companies contributed to the making of Ghost in the Shell, Thor: Ragnarok, Blade Runner 2049, Justice League, and War for the Planet of the Apes, while Mortal Engines was shot in Wellington. Visit Statistics New Zealand's website for the latest screen sector data.

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 10th January 2019