Pakipūmeka Aotearoa

Extending the range and diversity of quality documentary programming that offers a window into the Māori world.

We aim to fund a range of diverse and innovative documentaries and factual programmes that the target audiences enjoy. Its also important there are programmes on free-to-air television that reflect and develop our national identity by promoting Māori language and culture to a wide audience.

Pakipūmeka Aotearoa is a joint initiative between NZ On Air and Māori Television.

We look to support programmes on a broad range of topics that will appeal to diverse audiences. In the 2012-13 funding year ten documentaries were funded that will examine topics such as child poverty and youth alcohol use and a programme that looks at what the stars of classic feature film Once Were Warriors are doing now.

The programmes were broadcast during prime time on Māori Television, are frequently repeated and are available on demand.


Funding Decisions - 2013/14

What Are We Going To Do About Koro?, Ponsonby Productions - $ 125,000

Get Your Butt Off The Table, Itinui Productions - $124,965 

Shovels And Guns, Kahawai Productions - $124,200 

#Targetzero, Top Shelf Productions - $122,203

Mending The Makotuku, Tawera Productions - $124,790 

Freezing Works, Monsoon Pictures International - $135,020 

A Karakia For Alan Smith, Blue Bach Productions - $124,990

A New Zealand Way Of Death, Pou Media Limited - $125,000

Murupara Dreaming, Bates Productions - $125,596

The Silent Soldiers, Whitiora Productions - $125,053

Watch these programmes

Also funded by NZ On Air

The Festival

May 2014

The Festival

A colourful series giving viewers a peek inside New Zealand’s diverse ethnic communities through their most important festivals.

Dear Murderer

May 2017

Dear Murderer

A five part drama series based on the life of one of the most flamboyant and outrageous characters of New Zealand's legal history - Mike Bungay QC.