Strengthening New Zealand’s identity through Labour’s media and film policy
Labour has today launched its media and film policy aimed at strengthening New Zealand’s identity and providing
sustainability for the industry, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.
“Labour recognises that as a nation we must be able to tell our stories, including those of our diverse communities, on
multiple platforms effectively in a rapidly-changing media landscape.
“We also recognise that a strong, informed democracy needs a strong, independent, free public media service. Public
media, backed with sustainable funding, is essential to ensuring all New Zealanders are engaged and heard. However, a
commercial market cannot deliver all of this.
“Labour will provide $38m a year in additional funding for quality New Zealand programming and journalism, into a fund
apportioned by a new Public Media Funding Commissioner, independent from political influence.
“We will also implement a long-term film industry strategy, developed with the sector, to better manage the boom / bust
cycle of New Zealand’s film industry, so that emerging businesses can achieve the success enjoyed by Weta, which can
ride through film’s economic cycles.
“A key component of Labour’s plan is the creation of a new public digital media service, built around RNZ, as a fully
multi-platform, non-commercial entity, including a free-to-air non-commercial television service, with a working title
“RNZ has consistently provided an incredibly valuable service to New Zealanders, despite a nine-year funding freeze from
the Government in a time of massive change to the media sector. Labour will build on RNZ’s solid foundation and
transform it into something closer to Australia’s ABC.
“RNZ+ will increase in-house production and distribution of New Zealand content, with an emphasis on quality reporting
and investigative journalism reflecting all parts of New Zealand. Maori, Pasifika and other ethnic communities, people
with disabilities, and education and entertainment for children will have a stronger presence with Labour’s policy.
“Labour’s media and film policy is part of its wider commitment to New Zealand’s arts and culture, including working
with Auckland Council to ensure the delivery of critical studio infrastructure, re-establishing the Pathways to Arts and
Cultural Employment (PACE) scheme, and reviewing the screen incentive regime to ensure it remains internationally
competitive and delivers maximum benefits to New Zealand, including domestic employment opportunities.
“New Zealand is a nation of strong, diverse and independent voices. Labour’s policy will provide certainty for our
voices, so we can share our stories with ourselves and the world,” says Jacinda Ardern.
Since Jacinda Ardern has become Leader of the Opposition, Labour has announced the following key policies:
A full list of Labour’s announced policies, including earlier announcements, can be found here: labour.org.nz/policy