• Garima Singh

New Zealand Government plans new support package for community journalism

The Minister of Broadcasting and Media, Kris Faafoi, will be announcing the new $50 million funding to continue support of community journalism.

The fund would come from the Government’s Covid-19 response and recovery fund, and will be spread over the years for use by NZ on Air. According to the New Zealand Herald, the package has been approved by the Cabinet and further details are expected to be announced in the next couple of weeks. The latest fund is intended to support a wider scope of community journalism, in addition to the previous $50 million media support package that was announced in April.

The preceding fund was aimed specifically at broadcast media - cutting media organisations’ transmission and content contribution fees, new subscriptions by the central government and Crown entities, and targeted aid. The new fund of 2021 would support general community journalism, and the news organisations that are current recipients of the previous fund would probably need to re-apply for the new funding, once they run out.

In addition to these funds, NZ on Air also currently supports the RNZ programme “Local Democracy Reporting (LDR)”, with a $1 million package, also supported by the News Publishers’ Association. This package looks after local democracy reporters across the country, in various sectors such as community and district health boards.

These efforts by the Government, according to Faafoi, have been made to help the media and broadcast industry through the impact of Covid-19. Faafoi said, “This support reflects the essential role media play at this time in delivering access to reliable and up to date news coverage and keeping New Zealanders connected.”


The New Zealand Herald