Factual content gets funding green light

Posted Tuesday 28 Sep 2021

Factual content gets funding green light

The many different faces of Aotearoa are represented in a host of new factual content to be commissioned from the latest NZ On Air funding round. WIFT NZ members are in the funding mix, and their projects traverse topics such as the arrivals of pan-ethnic communities' to our shores, raising tamariki, the digital divide, debunking conspiracy theories, kapa haka and intercultural marriages.


Warner Bros Int. TV Production NZ Passengers, 4 x 44 mins, for TVNZ 1, up to $697,158.
A landmark series celebrating early Pacific, Chinese, Indian and Pan-Asian immigration through the stories of the first passengers.

Faultline Films  Kids Don’t Come With A Manual, 6 x 25 mins, for Māori Television, up to $476,080.
From general parenting advice to tackling specific struggles, Neuroscientist Nathan Mikaere -Wallis tackles the challenges facing whānau today.

TVNZ + Attitude Pictures Cool As Ice – Beijing Paralympic Winter Games 2022, 1 x 23 mins + live coverage of Games,  for Duke, up to $394,957.
Full coverage of the Paralympic Winter Games, preceded by a documentary on our new Winter Paralympians and an update on two veteran Paralympians.

Tikilounge Productions Dusky Maiden, 1 x 60 mins, for TheCoconet.TV, up to $212,121. This series will explore the impact of the colonial gaze on images of Pacific women through the ages.

Kindred Films Dark Harvest, 1 x 44 mins, for TVNZ 1, up to $204,786. One South Auckland town confronts its “secret” racist past in this one-off documentary.

Tomorrow Rain ConspiraSeries, 6 x 7 mins, for RNZ.co.nz, up to $197,990. Tongue-in-cheek investigations into the why, how and ‘what the heck?!’ of some of New Zealand's most outrageous conspiracies.

Tikilounge Productions Akanuanua, 5 x 8 mins, for TheCoconet.TV, up to $154,000.  The journey of five Pasifika Rainbow fuata who discuss their challenges of being Pasifika and LGBTQI+.

Attitude Pictures What’s The Disabili-Tea?, 6 x 5 mins, for Attitude Live, up to $138,902. ‘What’s the Tea?’ is a term used in queer culture, meaning ‘What’s the truth?’; this series will explore the truth of living with a disability and being queer.

Tairawhiti TV Manalagi, 6 x 24 mins, for TP+, up to $353,695Manalagi celebrates the stories of Pacific Rainbow champions in New Zealand.


Attitude Pictures Attitude 2022, 30 x 23 mins, for TVNZ 1, up to $1,880,374. Attitude highlights how ordinary Kiwis respond to adversity and empowers people by sharing their stories.

Tikilounge Productions Fresh 2022, 35 x 23 mins, for TVNZ 2, up to $1,807,990. Aotearoa’s flagship Pasifika rangatahi TV show is back to bring more brown youth diversity to our screens.

Click here for the full list of funded projects