Around 40% of the first funding round for Public Interest Journalism has gone to projects benefitting Māori journalism.
Established in February with a $55m government allocation to NZ On Air, the fund aims to support at-risk public interest
journalism, meeting local, regional and national audience needs.
The first funding round of $9.6m has just been awarded by NZ On Air, and $3.5m from the first round will go to projects
with a Māori journalism impact (with a further $1.6m already committed for a second year in one large-scale project.)
The Te Rito training programme will provide the country’s first comprehensive Māori and diverse voices journalism cadetship scheme
to train and hire 25 new journalists. Te Rito is a collaboration between Māori Television, Newshub, NZME, and Pacific Media Network and 11 other supporting media
Another large scale training scheme Pīpī Paopao from Aotearoa Media Collective will deliver regional workshops for more than 100 iwi radio staff, to strengthen Māori
public interest journalism.
A boost in funding for Radio Waatea will enable the Auckland urban Māori station to deliver a breakfast current affairs
show five days a week with a news team able to feed stories to the Iwi Radio Network.
Iwi radio station Awa FM will be funded to report news from the Whanganui Māori perspective in Whanganui dialect reo and
English. The Rotorua Weekender will become the only newspaper in the country to print a weekly billingual section which
will shine a light on issues for Rotorua iwi.
Northland iwi will see and hear their stories through Haukainga on Tehiku.nz and iwi radio, and up-and-coming Māori journalists will create a summer edition of The Hui on Newshub.co.nz
. Māori students at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University will create their own edition of the student magazine Salient, Te Ao Mārama.
Nē?, for The Spinoff will be a podcast and written series exploring hot issues withinteaoMāori through an informed and
dynamic Māori lens. And Party People is an audio and video series bringing scrutiny and review to Māori politics.
NZ On Air received 123 applications asking for more than $44m from a total pool of $9.6m available in the first round. A
panel including independent industry assessors recommended 34 applications for funding.
NZ On Air Head of Journalism Raewyn Rasch says the focus on Māori and journalists from diverse backgrounds is a response
to the media sector’s recognition of the need to increase representation within the country’s newsrooms.
She says there is huge demand for Māori journalists and no specific training available, making today’s announcement a
very significant step forward.
“We expect to support more training programmes in future rounds, which will collectively deliver a major boost for New
Zealand journalism. Training is a vital part of the media landscape that has suffered through increasing financial
pressures and by injecting resources back into this area, the Public Interest Journalism Fund will have a positive and
In addition, she says upskilling journalists in all newsrooms about te ao Māori and cultural issues will ensure
newsrooms are a better place for Māori journalists to work, and New Zealanders are better informed about issues from a
Māori point of view.
Funding details: Māori journalism outcomesProject
Te Awa, Awa FM for Awa FM, up to $498,370. News made from the perspective of Whanganui Māori in WhanganuidialectreoandEnglish.
Haukāinga, TeReo Irirangi OTeHiku OTeIka for Tehiku.nz, up to $460,000. A regional journalism initiative providing news, current affairs and live broadcasts to Māori audiences in Northland and
to wider Iwi Radio.
Rotorua Weekender -TeWāhangaReo Rua,NZME for Rotorua Weekender, up to $440,000. A weekly bilingual Te Reo Māori and English section in the Rotorua Weekender newspaper to shine a light on local Rotorua iwi issues and people.
Paakiwaha, UMA Broadcasting for Waateanews.com, up to $433,000. A bilingual news and current affairs show that will be expanded to provide a breakfast current affairs programme
available on iwi radio stations.
Party People, Aotearoa Media Collective for RNZ, TūrangaFM, RadioWaatea, up to $236,930. An audio and video series bringing scrutiny and review to politics, whilst preserving an upbeat and conversational
approach to political analysis.
Nē?, Hex Work for The SpinOff, up to $217,325. Nē?is a podcast and written series that will explore hot issues withinteaoMāori through an informed and dynamic Māori lens.
The Hui: Summer Edition, Great Southern Television for Newshub.co.nz
, The Hui online platforms, up to $178,729. A summer edition of the Māori current affairs programme produced by up-and-coming Māori journalists to be broadcast
duringThe Hui’s summer hiatus.
Te Ao Mārama, Salient Magazine for Salient Magazine, up to $7,291. A special edition of Salient produced by Māori students who will be mentored and supported at Victoria University of
Te Rito Journalism Project, NZME, Māori Television, Newshub and Pacific Media Network with 11 support partners, up to $2,419,253 (Funding spans 2 Financial years - $800k in Yr 1). A programme to identify, train, develop and hire 25 cadet Māori, Pasifika and diverse journalists.
Pīpī Paopao, Aotearoa Media Collective, up to $361,815. A training initiative providing regional workshops for more than 100 iwi radio staff, to strengthen Māori public
interest journalism in Māori communities