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NZ On Air Backs New Documentaries and Comedies for 2013

Media Release from NZ On Air

Wednesday 22nd August, 2012

NZ On Air Backs New Documentaries and Comedies for 2013

NZ On Air is pleased to announce support for an exciting new line up of documentaries and comedies set to hit screens in 2013.

The first funding round of the new financial year has seen nearly $12 million committed to comedies and documentaries to screen across five free-to-air channels.

“We had a large number of applications for this round” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson. “That has meant some very tough decisions. But audiences are in for some special treats next year from a particularly varied range of talent behind the successful projects”, she says.

NZ On Air is supporting three new Platinum Fund documentary projects including OceaNZ, a prestigious six-hour natural history series that will look at New Zealand's ocean environments; an ambitious feature documentary Beyond The Edge, covering Hillary's conquer of Everest; and a four-part historical series, Making New Zealand that looks at the challenges and creation of New Zealand's major infrastructure.

There will also be the return of some well-loved established series including Country Calendar and Radar Across the Pacific for TV One, and Pakipumeka and Mana Wairua for Maori Television. Aftermath, for Prime TV, adds three extra episodes to an important project which looks at documenting Christchurch's reconstruction.

New factual series for year ahead include Making Tracks in which Simon Morton bikes through our history, Topp Country, starring Lynda and Jools Topp, Animal Science examining the work of Massey University's world renowned Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences and Family Secret looking at New Zealand's social history by unraveling family mysteries.

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NZ On Air is continuing to support innovative comedy projects and build on comedic success.

One team which exemplifies both traits is the one behind online hit series Auckland Daze – and we congratulate them on securing network support to extend to television for their second series.

Funding has also been committed to a new project starring the considerable comedic talents of Rhys Darby, Short Poppies, and the return of the well-received Super City featuring Madeleine Sami.

More details of the documentaries and comedies supported in this funding round can be seen below or on our website.


Funding Details


Beyond The Edge, 1 x 120, General Film Corporation, TV One $199,000

OceaNZ, 6 x 60, NHNZ, TV One $1,680,000

Making New Zealand, 4 x 60, Top Shelf Productions, Prime $600,993

Aftermath 2, 3 x 60, Paua Productions, Prime $524,303

Animal Science, 13 x 30, Screentime New Zealand, Prime $449,293

Country Calendar 2013, 30 x 30, Television New Zealand, TV One $425,036

El Alamein - The 70th Anniversary, 1 x 60, Maori Television Service, Maori TV $81,500

Family Secret, 10 x 30, Eyeworks New Zealand, TV3 $750,000

Making Tracks (working title), 7 x 30, The Gibson Group, TV One $430,695

Mana Wairua, 11 x 30, Brave Star Media, Maori TV $200,020

Pakipumeka Aotearoa 2012 - 13, 10 x 60, TBC, Maori TV $1,250,000

Radar Across The Pacific 2, 8 x 30, Zeitgeist Productions, TV One $499,349

The Hard Stuff With Nigel Latta, 6 x 60, Razor Films, TV One $749,787

Topp Country, 10 x 30, Diva Productions, TV One $563,003


Auckland Daze 2, 6 x 30, Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions, TV One $822,230

Ben & Steve On The Road, 4 x 60, TV Works, TV3 $134,283

Super City 2, 8 x 30, Super Fumes, TV3 $1,536,926

Short Poppies, 8 x 30, Augusto, TV One $700,526

The Year That Was, 4 x 60, Satellite Media Group, TV2 $211,705

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