Off The Grid With Pio, Scottie Douglas Productions for Māori Television

Sector support

Ngā Tūtanga: Te Hāpai Ō


We support our sector in a number of ways, to upskill and celebrate the people who make the content.


Through our Industry Development Fund we have supported interventions aimed at addressing sector issues, such as the under-representation of women in director roles. A full list of funded projects is at Pg 90 in Part 3.

When we put out a call this year with the NZFC and TVNZ for ideas from Asian and Pasifika creatives for feature-length projects we recognised the need to help unsuccessful applicants so that we can grow this pool of talent. A workshop is being developed with the Pan Asian Screen Collective so these emerging creatives can learn more about what makes a successful proposal.


We have been foundation partners of two initiatives that are having real impacts on the music industry. With APRA we’ve supported the SongHubs song-writing initiative since 2016. In the past year we backed two SongHubs series – a general SongHubs and one for women song-writers and producers. Women are under-represented among music applicants and this is one way we can help.


We support the NZ Music Producers Series which brings international music producers and engineers to New Zealand to work with locals across two weeks of workshops focused on international best practice.


Supporting the NZ Television Awards is an opportunity to celebrate creativity and craft. We also celebrate the best in NZ Music through the NZ Music Awards, Waiata Māori Music Awards, Pacific Music Awards, Children’s Music Awards, RockQuest and the Taite Music Prize.

We publish a number of research projects that inform our industry as well as our own strategies. This year these included Where Are The Audiences? 2018; a combined project with Creative NZ – A Profile of Creative Professionals; a survey of our stakeholders; a review of Access Radio conducted by Dr Matt Mollgaard of AUT; and our own Diversity Report 2019. All reports are on our website.


An outcome of the Profile of Creative Professionals research was a commitment, along with Creative NZ, to three joint strategic priorities:


      1. Fair reward – working towards
  • ensuring lower-paid creative professionals are paid in line with technical professionals
  • lifting pay to the point where creative professionals start to feel it is a fair reward for their work.

      2. Sustainability – working to make the careers of mid-career and established creative professionals more sustainable through more continuous creative endeavours.


      3. Emerging creative professionals – working with the sector (including peak bodies and guilds) to find better ways to support creative professionals at the start of their career.