Entertaining young minds

We will help grow great New Zealanders by providing enriching local content for children that encourages imagination and curiosity.


Overview

Children and youth are key audiences for NZ On Air under the Broadcasting Act. We fund content from drama and animation to long-run magazine series, webseries and apps for young people of all ages.

The content we invest in has a clear target audience, demonstrates a sound educational framework and is as good as anything produced in the world. Our funding ensures there is a local option for young people to enjoy amidst the sea of global offerings.

Children’s content in New Zealand is almost entirely dependent on public investment.


Showcase

Terry Teo

July 2016

Terry Teo

Terry is on a mission to avenge his father’s murder in this witty action drama which makes for great family viewing.

Jiwi

November 2015

Jiwi's Machines

A thrillingly interactive, hilariously physical, clickably scientific web experience for Kiwi kids young and old!

The Barefoot Bandits

February 2016

The Barefoot Bandits

Get the family together and tune into The Barefoot Bandits to see where the adventures of Tane, Fridge and Riley will lead them next!

The Cul De Sac

March 2016

The Cul De Sac

Waking to find there are no adults and no technology, this brand new teen drama series follows Rose and her friends as they tackle a dystopian world.

The Moe Show

September 2015

The Moe Show

A pre-school puppet series that allows the youngest New Zealanders to hear our languages and accents and see our people and places on television.

12 Huia Birds

March 2016

12 Huia Birds

12 Huia Birds is a fully interactive picture book app for children in English and te reo Māori

Nia

March 2014

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life

A children's webseries that follows the adventures of Nia, a 10 year old girl living an Extra ordinary life.

Little Monstar

October 2015

Little Monstar

A pre-school animation series that provides our youngest viewers with opportunities to be socially and emotionally involved in the issues they face every day.

The Adam and Eve Show

February 2017

The Adam and Eve Show

We aim to provide programming for local kids at every age and stage. This programmes delivers relevant content for tweens and teens every weekday.


Strategy

We have three special goals for children’s content:

  • Funded NZ content will inspire children and champion creativity and engagement
  • Strong partnerships will extend audience reach and improve output
  • NZ children will know where to find freely available NZ content

These goals will influence our investment decisions.


Research

Digital · Music · Radio · Television · NZ on Air · 30th March 2015

Children's Media Use Study 2015

TV is still the dominant screen in New Zealand children's lives, but tablets and smartphones are now in daily use and Youtube has become one of their main sources of content.


Apply for funding

All funding applications must be made through our online application system, Eric.

Please be aware that all your applications are covered by the Official Information Act - read more here.