NZ on Air is 25

July 7th, 2014 at 4:08 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Dr Ropata might have never returned from Guatemala, and the West family might have never been born into outrageous fortune, had it not been for a law change 25 years ago.

The Broadcasting Act, passed in May 1989, led to the establishment of funding agency New Zealand on Air, which turned 25 on July 1.

It meant that suddenly – and it did happen virtually overnight – anyone with an idea for producing New Zealand content for broadcast could apply for funding. Before 1989, it was limited to the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand, which operated the two television channels and had a virtual monopoly on the radio waves.

This was a key change, which increased competition. The state’s funding used to go onĀ the state channels only. This change opened up theĀ funding for NZ productions to all producers and all channels.

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14 Responses to “NZ on Air is 25”

  1. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    It really was a godsend! millions pumped into garbage tv/movies and music.

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  2. MT_Tinman (3,186 comments) says:

    July 1, 1989.

    A sad day for NZ, a sadder day for the NZ taxpayer.

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  3. Manolo (13,767 comments) says:

    Another very expensive quango that deserves the axe. The sooner, the better.

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  4. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    A large trough with even larger snouters . . . prime target for selling, as is where is, no warranty and fully staffed, lefties to the fore!

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  5. tvb (4,421 comments) says:

    Who is going to produce NZ content without this money. I do not mean that absolute pap that is called commercial radio – when did they do anything worthwhile.

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  6. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    Dr Ropata might have never returned from Guatemala, and the West family might have never been born into outrageous fortune, had it not been for a law change 25 years ago.

    If the ‘success’ or ‘failure’ of NZ on Air is to be judged by these two efforts, then the long suffering taxpayer has every right to feel totally screwed!

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  7. Steve (North Shore) (4,561 comments) says:

    And all NZ actors became megastars, superstars, with some very strange political views.
    Dole for pseudo acting

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  8. JeffW (326 comments) says:

    Complete waste of money.

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  9. Redbaiter (8,822 comments) says:

    Another rort on the NZ taxpayer put in place by Labour and that National have never had the damn balls to end as they should have.

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  10. Manolo (13,767 comments) says:

    What is Labour’s Lite position on NZ on Air? Why does National keep this quango alongside many others?

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  11. big bruv (13,887 comments) says:

    But what would the likes of Simon Prast and Robyn Malcolm do for work?????

    You cannot expect these type of people to have to work for a living, they are creative talents and as such they have a right to be funded by us irrespective of the quality of the product they produce.

    Anybody who is against NZ on air is a philistine.

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  12. Simon (723 comments) says:

    Nz on air proudly brought to you by poor people paying gst on bread and milk

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  13. flipper (4,060 comments) says:

    OK,

    close it down.

    It draws plaudits from may be 10% of the population – TOPS.

    Possibly the single greatest waste of money. It is supported the sort of pointy headed arseholes who briefed Robin Cooke(later “Lord” Cooke of Thorndon), to tell Gordon Dryden at a TV licence hearing that the Muppets were entirely inappropriate for New Zealand TV screens because they referred to things like trash cans and cookies.

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  14. Hair Removal Specialist (80 comments) says:

    A seven o’clock slot on “shorties” was never enough for some of them and they had to start invading the news at 6.00.

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