Funding for fabulous new and returning factual projects

Posted Tuesday 20 Jul 2021

Funding for fabulous new and returning factual projects

And a big round of applause to the many WIFT NZ members below who will receive funding from NZ On Air for their factual projects - new and returning. It's wonderful to see hard work rewarded! You are all listed below.


Documentary New Zealand 2022, 6 x 44 mins, for TVNZ 1, up to $1,311,760.

Alex Reed, producer; Rachel Currie, executive producer Storymaker.
Megan Jones, producer, Honest Bob.
Philippa Hall, producer, Tash Christie executive producer, Octopus Pictures,
Leanne Pooley, producer, Katie Millington executive producer, Eight Productions.
Arwen O’Connor, producer, Ruckus Media
A series of one-off documentaries exploring contemporary stories from around New Zealand.

New Zealand’s Most Endangered Species, 6 x 44 mins, for TVNZ 2, up to $1,018,777.
Warner Bros
. International Television Production NZ.
The series takes viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about vulnerable wildlife species facing extinction in Aotearoa.

When Bob Came, 6 x 22 mins, for TVNZ OnDemand, up to $472,010.
Rose Matafeo explores the enduring cultural, political, and musical impact of Bob Marley's iconic 1979 concert through the lens of her Rastafarian upbringing.
Angela Cudd, producer Stella Maris Productions. 

No Place Like Home, 6 x 10 mins, for Stuff, up to $251,536.
Rachel Davies
executive producer, Trajectory Media
A series of heart-warming stories of Kiwis returning home and the challenges they face after years spent abroad.

Seasick – Saving the Hauraki Gulf, 6 x 12 mins, for Stuff, up to $210,000.
Angela Hovey, producer, Republic Films
The Hauraki Gulf is a national treasure under threat. This series aims to educate us on what we can do to help restore the Gulf.

Menace, 4 x 35 mins, for Stuff, up to $119,548.

The stories of the anarchic radical feminists who put their feet on the accelerator of social change.

A Boy Called Piano, 1 x 52 mins, for Māori Television, up to $135,226.
Katherine Wyeth
, producer, The Conch
The story of one Pasifika boy and his experiences alongside thousands of Māori and Pasifika children who suffered abuse in state care. 


Cold Case 3, 8 x 44 mins, for TVNZ 1, up to $1,066,206.

A team of experts review and reassess unsolved New Zealand crimes, alongside detectives from the original investigations.

Country Calendar 2022, 40 x 22 mins, for TVNZ 1, up to $596,580.

Our most iconic series featuring New Zealanders who make their living from the land or sea with a focus on their work, physical surroundings, family and community.

NZ Wars: Stories of Wairau, 1 x 45 mins, for RNZ and Māori Television, up to $573,914.
Great Southern Television
The next chapter of NZ Wars series tells the story of the Wairau Affray - considered the first of the New Zealand Wars, and the only one to take place in the South Island. 

The Checkup 3, 10 x 22 mins, for TVNZ 1, up to $598,613.
Great Southern Television

A series examining healthcare in New Zealand with stories designed to educate, inform and entertain.

Patrick Gower..., 2 x 44 mins, for Three, up to $472,335.
Gemma Murcott-Ward
, producer, Arwen O’Connor and Mitchell Hawkes executive producers, Ruckus Media.
Two event television documentaries that will see Patrick Gower investigate issues of importance to New Zealanders.

Alice Snedden’s Bad News 3, 6 x 13 mins, for The Spinoff, up to $330,280.
Hex Work 

Comedian Alice Snedden fearlessly investigates more of Aotearoa’s most important issues, teaming up with experts and fellow comedians to get to the core of our biggest and baddest news.

Aotearoa Music Awards 2021, 1 x 88 mins, for TVNZ 2, up to $292,000.

A live, two-hour television special to showcase the very best of NZ Music in an exciting, vibrant, and multi-cultural show.

Scratched: Aotearoa’s Lost Sporting Legends 3, 6 x 11 mins, for The Spinoff, up to $276,686.
Hex Work 
From tennis champions to skateboarders, the series celebrates Kiwi sporting heroes who never got their due.

Conversations With My Immigrant Parents 3, 6 x 30 mins + 6 x 8 mins, for RNZ, up to $169,773.
Julie Zhu, producer, Uhz
The continuing series meets six more immigrant whānau having frank conversations covering love, ancestry, home, expectation, and acceptance. 

The Attitude Awards, 1 x 44 mins,  for TVNZ 1, up to $189,979.
Attitude Pictures
Televised coverage of The Attitude Awards which celebrates Kiwis with disabilities and their achievements.