A strong, diverse, accessible, and independent media is essential to effective democracy, and to Aotearoa New Zealand’s social, cultural, economic, and environmental well-being.

Free and independent media is essential to democracy

  • A vigorous, independent, and diverse media is the cornerstone of a free society. The media should not be controlled by the state, or international and local commercial monopolies.
  • Responsible self-regulation is the preferred model for content regulation
  • The right to broadcast or publish is balanced with expectations to act responsibly
  • TVNZ, Radio NZ, and Maori TV should remain independent and publicly owned.

Government has a responsibility to ensure diversity of broadcasting content

  • Non-commercial, community, and Maori broadcasters should have access to radio and television distribution frequencies.
  • Community broadcasting must be able to grow and develop in a manner that reflects changing technologies, ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Local content should be securely and adequately funded as overseas film and television productions are. Local content quotas should be investigated.
  • Local content funding should come from a mix of consolidated Crown revenue and revenue sources such as fees on broadcasters and content distributors.
  • NZ on Air and other public funding decisions should cater to underserved audiences, and not be based purely on likely audience size.

The Crown has specific obligations relating to Maori broadcasting

  • The Crown must honour its obligations under te Tiriti o Waitangi relating to te reo Maori, Maori Television, and iwi radio.

Broadcasting should be accessible to all

  • People of all abilities should be able to easily access media over a variety of platforms.
  • Legislation should ensure that broadcast and on-line content is in an accessible format, including captioning, audio-description and New Zealand Sign Language content.
  • All free to air television content should be captioned.

Children should be protected from excessive advertising and gratuitous violence

  • Funding should be increased for quality, locally produced, free to air media content aimed at children and young people and quotas for this should be investigated.
  • Removing all advertising from children’s programming should be investigated.
  • Excessively violent programming should only be screened late at night.


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