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Radio funding keeps diverse voices and music on the airwaves

4 June 2014

Radio funding keeps diverse voices and music on the airwaves

NZ On Air has confirmed funding for 2014/15 to ensure a diverse range of voices, languages and music extend choice for all New Zealanders on radio stations throughout the country.

“The funding we provide for radio is diverse. Through it we support a huge range of programming made by and for local communities in 40 different languages, promote NZ music, and ensure children and minority audiences are catered for. This is at the core of our mandate under the Broadcasting Act. It is radio that you will not hear elsewhere and most is also available online,” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

More than $2 million will support 12 regional Access stations. This funding supports the running of the stations – the programmes themselves are funded by the groups who make them.

A nationwide Pacific voice will continue to be heard through a $3.4 million investment. The National Pacific Radio Trust (NPRT), which runs 531pi and NiuFM, plus the Wellington-based Samoa Capital Radio, ensure Pacific peoples can keep their languages and culture alive in New Zealand.

NZ On Air also sponsors New Zealand music shows on student and alternative format radio stations. These programmes help increase the diversity of New Zealand music, and expose listeners to new artists. Combined funding of $960,000 for music programmes on nine radio stations has been confirmed.

Also included in the annual radio funding decisions are programmes for various commercial radio audiences for children, and covering specialist topics such as spirituality and mental health.

Annual funding for Radio New Zealand has been confirmed at $31.816 million (plus funding provided from the Digital Media Fund for

“We continue to be extremely proud of Radio New Zealand’s achievements and audience growth,” says Ms Wrightson.

Funding details
Radio New Zealand, $31.816 million
National Pacific Radio Trust, Niu FM, 531pi, $3.25 million
Samoa Capital Radio, $180,000

Access Stations
Access Manawatu, Lower North Island, $165,000
Access Radio Taranaki, Taranaki, $174,000
Arrow FM, Lower North Island, $135,000
Coast Access Radio, Lower North Island, $135,000
Free FM, Waikato/Lakes, $230,000
Fresh FM, Nelson/Marlborough, $195,000
Otago Access Radio, Otago, $169,000
Plains FM, Canterbury, $230,000
Planet FM, Auckland, $250,000
Radio Kidnappers, East Coast/Hawkes Bay, $170,000
Radio Southland, Southland, $165,000
Radio Reading Service, Lower North Island, $110,348

Music features
Kiwi FM, Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch, $260,000
95bFM, Auckland, $180,000
Base FM, Auckland & Freeview, $80,000
The Most FM, New Plymouth, $40,000
Radio Control, Palmerston North, $60,000
Radio Active, Wellington, $100,000
RDU, Christchurch, $100,000
Pulzar FM, Christchurch, $20,000
Radio One, Dunedin, $80,000

Commercial radio features
Paakiwaha, UMA Broadcasting for multiple stations, $75,000
Real Life With John Cowan, Christian Broadcasting Association for Newstalk ZB, $12,000
Scrubcutter, Christian Broadcasting Association for NewstalkZB, $70,000
The Great Big Kids Show – series 7, Treehut Ltd for multiple stations, $118,175
The Nutters Club Radio Show, The Key To Life Charitable Trust for NewstalkZB, $69,400


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