New Zealand First Want To Fund RNZ, Here’s Hoping They Do !

New Zealand First support not only increasing Radio New Zealand’s funding, but also expanding RNZ to include television. You can read their Broadcasting policy here.



Regardless of whether New Zealand First decides to go with Labour, National or sit on the cross benches, I’m hoping that they will make RNZ’s funding a priority in whaever final decision that they make.

#FundRNZ – The fight continues!



RNZ No Longer Has A Head Of Communications!

RNZ no longer has a Head of Communications! It used to be John Barr! He still works for RNZ part time. What a waste, he was first rate!
I’m hoping that this move isn’t the result of the RNZ Board imposed staff restructuring that is occurring in Wellington! Here are some examples of Barr’s work!





#FundRNZ – The fight continues!

Meet RNZ’s Funding Monster!


RNZ’s funding is in a terrible state. I met him last Thursday outside RNZ in Auckland. He was busy begging the public for help!



Poor guy, he had lots of people coming up to him asking why he was so emaciated!

Funding Monster RNZ


He poured his heart out to me afterwards, it was not a pretty story!


#FundRNZ – The fight continues …

Radio New Zealand is more popular than ever!

The latest GFK radio survey results are out for Radio New Zealand and they are more popular than ever! RNZ has just recorded its highest ever recorded listenership! Over 691,000 people are now tuning in to RNZ’s stations in an average week! RNZ National comes first nationwide (among people aged 10 years and over) of all radio stations in New Zealand with a whopping 11.6% market share! It is also second for cume audience size nationwide, behind a music station, due to its excellent 625,500 listeners!

Here are the weekly cumulative audience figures for live broadcast listening of people aged 10 years and over:

  • Morning Report 474,600 listeners  – up from 467,000 in the previous survey.
  • Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan 316,400 listeners – up from 309,800 listeners last time.
  • Jesse Mulligan, 1-4pm 278,000 listeners – up from 267,000 last time.
  • The Panel with Jim Mora 241,800 listeners – up from 232,800 last time.
  • Checkpoint with John Campbell 287,500 listeners – up from 283,400 last time.
  • Nights with Bryan Crump  191,100 listeners.
  • Saturday Morning with Kim Hill 277,500  listeners.
  • Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman 296,900 listeners.

There were great online stats for September as well:

  • 4.8 million sessions, up 42% on September the year before
  • 2 million users, up 18%
  • 9.4 million page views, up 44%.

RNZ is loved more than ever! #FundRNZ ! The fight continues!


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Will Winston Fund RNZ ?

Winston Peters is prepared to draw a line in the sand to get New Zealand free to air sport on TV as part of his coalition talks. I’m hoping that he will also do this for Radio New Zealand’s funding.

New Zealand First’s policy for RNZ is similar to Labour’s, except that New Zealand First  expand RNZ into TV through making TVNZ1 a public service television channel. If they go with Labour, then RNZ will get both a funding increase and it will also expand into television. I’m not sure which way New Zealand First will go, if they do go with the National Party, then I would like to see a decent funding boost for RNZ be part of the coalition deal. New Zealand First is the only party that can guarantee funding for RNZ at this point in time.

If no funding increase is given to RNZ after the new government is formed, then Fund RNZ will pursue a nationwide referendum into increasing RNZ’s funding.

This increase has to be in proportion to the size of the organisation. RNZ already has a funding shortfall of at least $12 million as it stands. There has been concern expressed over whether Labour’s $20-30 million funding increase, to expand it into television, will be enough for the organisation.




FUND RNZ Says Elected Government Must Adequately Fund RNZ Or There Will Be A Referendum!

Wednesday, 13 September, 12:30pm.

Media Release:  FUND RNZ to pursue a nationwide Referendum if our elected government won’t substantially increase RNZ’s funding.

By Jo Bond – Fund RNZ Organiser

Radio New Zealand is severely underfunded and needs to have its financial future secured regardless of which parties form a government in our General Election, says Organiser of Fund RNZ Jo Bond.

“If our elected government won’t increase RNZ’s funding by at least $12 million, Fund RNZ is going to pursue a nationwide referendum by collecting over 300, 000 signatures around the country.”

“RNZ’s funding is still around $12 million short of what it needs to adequately run the organisation as it stands right now

“RNZ’s 9 year funding freeze came to an end earlier this year when the government gave it a funding increase of $11.4 million extra over 4 years. This works out to be $2.8 million extra per year.”

“While this is an improvement, the funding increase isn’t large enough to reverse the downward spiral that RNZ has been going down for at least 10 years.”

“I am concerned that RNZ could further suffer asset sales, redundancies, programme and AM transmission reductions.”

“There are just 10 days left until this year’s General Election and I’m hoping RNZ’s future will be secured by whichever government we get on September the 23rd.”

“The fight continues until RNZ gets adequate funding.”



RNZ to Broadcast Televised Coverage of Election Night on the Internet, Sky and Freeview!

If you want to watch election night awesomeness on TV, RNZ is going to have a great show. 

Watch John Campbell, Guyon Espiner, Jane Patterson and Mihingarangi Forbes present election night coverage live! You can watch it on Sky 83, Freeview 50, the Radio New Zealand website and the RNZ Youtube channel. You can listen on Radio Zealand National – 101FM !

Time TBA.

Also, watch the analysis of the election results on Sunday the 24th – presented by Susie Ferguson and Kathryn Ryan! 9am – 11am.

Please join this event and share to show your support!

#FundRNZ – The fight continues (Authorised by A.Newman, 29 Bradford St, Waihi).


Green Party Aotearoa’s Broadcasting Policy!

Reading, hearing, and watching stories about New Zealanders,
for New Zealanders, by New Zealanders, is critical to our
democracy and adds to our national identity.
The traditional media is facing financial and technological disruption. There’s a lot of great journalism in New Zealand, however in recent years we have seen proposed mergers and cuts to staff numbers.
In response to this uncertainty, the government needs to step up to ensure the future of public interest journalism on paper, on our screens, and on the radio.
To help make that happen, the Green Party will:
Establish a New Zealand Public Journalism Fund to support public interest journalism and help tell New Zealand stories across a range of platforms.
2.Restore Radio New Zealand’s funding, which has been frozen since 2008.
How will it work?
Public Interest Journalism Fund
With traditional media facing challenges from new technologies and changing business models,it’s important for the Government to support public interest journalism continuing in New Zealand.
The Public Interest Journalism Fund will be established to support telling New Zealand
stories across a range of platforms, including print, television, and online (for example, through podcasts or web series). The fund will be established with an initial annual budget of $3 million.
The fund will be administered by Creative New Zealand. Grants will be dispersed by a
rotating panel of journalists and a range of other experienced people to ensure diversity.
The Board of Creative New Zealand will appoint people to the panel on advice from
officials. Politicians will not be involved in this process.
Grants will be available for individual pieces of work and for annual salaries/costs
that enable a body of work. The fund could be used for specialist round reporting,
investigative research, or areas of public interest.
The funding criteria will be available for all platforms, and grants will be awarded based
on the public interest and relevance to New Zealand. The principal criteria will be
whether the work being funded will help New Zealanders to be better informed.
Work funded must be freely available on at least one platform, i.e. not paywalled or
requiring any kind of subscription fee.
Public Journalism Fund
•Grant recipients will not be required to bring their own private sector funding
to the table, but will be required to demonstrate likely audiences and distribution
• Recipients will be audited against appropriate audience reach metrics, to be determined by the panel in consultation with Creative New Zealand and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. These may vary depending on distribution platform. The
results will help to determine future funding for previous applicants.
Restoring funding to Radio New Zealand
Radio New Zealand is the cornerstone of publicly-owned, public interest, nationwide broadcasting in New Zealand, and has operated under a funding freeze since 2008. While
it continues to deliver a high quality service and has broadened its content, it’s important to address the real-term funding cuts under the National Government. The Green Party will restore Radio New Zealand funding to at least 2008 levels (inflation adjusted) – costing an additional $3.2 million in the first year, which would increase baseline funding from $33.916 million to $37.142 million.
Why do we need this?
Journalism is critical to democracy and healthy societies. Traditional media has seen significant changes and challenges with the rise of new technologies and platforms.
The New Zealand government spends less per capita than almost all OECD countries on
broadcasting, and Radio New Zealand has had a funding freeze since 2008.

New Zealand First’s Broadcasting Policy!

New Zealand First will promote diverse, innovative and quality programming, including programmes reflecting New Zealand’s identity, character and cultural diversity.  It will also promote the development of a broadcasting industry that is responsive to audience needs, respects community standards and places a high priority on the protection of children from harmful material.

There is an important role for publicly owned television and radio networks to provide essential communications in the event of national emergencies.

New Zealand First will:

  • Combine Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and Radio New Zealand under one state-owned enterprise known as New Zealand Broadcasting (NZB), modelled on similar public broadcasting systems overseas, and with clear aims that include promoting our nation’s unique qualities, and the coverage of significant national events.
  • Re-establish a non-commercial public service free-to-air channel with a concentration on quality programming based on the TVNZ 7 model.
  • Introduce lower dividend requirements to allow more expenditure on quality programming thus removing the need for low value programming with high advertising content.
  • Require TV One and Radio New Zealand to establish a common complementary administrative and logistical system.
  • Require TV One and Radio New Zealand to establish a common complementary news service that enhances coverage.
  • Set up a more secure system of funding for Radio New Zealand and remove it from the list of charitable trusts.
  • Ensure that all future appointments to the NZB board are made on the basis of experience, expertise, and appropriate representation from industry and consumers, and not political patronage.
  • Require that salaries paid beyond accepted public service bands, particularly but not exclusively in broadcasting, be cleared with and signed off by stakeholder ministers.
  • Improve Radio New Zealand’s international services to the Pacific region.
  • Review the efficacy of the process of allocating digital channels and radio spectrum bands and ensure that emergency facilities are protected.
  • Support community-based television and radio broadcasting.
  • Continue to work with the industry and the public to achieve and maintain a voluntary quota system to increase the New Zealand content of radio and television broadcasting.
  • Improve processes and funding mechanisms (including via New Zealand On Air) in order to develop the amount and quality of New Zealand content.
  • Raise broadcasting standards especially in relation to violence, obscenities, and pornography.
  • Strengthen the rating system for video games with a move towards restricting access by minors to graphically violent and sexually explicit video games.
  • Review the regulations and practices relating to the use and allocation of funds for the broadcasting of election programmes.