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The fourth round of the ‘Public Interest Journalism Fund’ has been completed and below is the list of the reliable and trusted firms that got your cash…

Tova O’Brien Special, Mediaworks, up to $50,000 (funding approved Out Of Time).
1 x 20’ radio interview, news extracts, podcast, 1 x 40’ documentary, 3 x 3’ videos, 3 x 1000 word features.

The South Today, Allied Press, up to $695,000. To deliver local video news content to local communities in collaboration with the Allied Press daily and regional community newspaper network across the South Island.

Tova O’Brien.

Mental Health, Apna Networks Ltd, up to $101,897. A podcast series to empower migrant ethnic communities to appropriately respond to mental health issues.

T2t Teina 2 Tuākana, Cinco Cine Film Productions Ltd, up to $800,000. A pilot development and content creation programme between Cinco Cine, 15 NZ schools, Whakaata Māori and the Pacific Media Network introducing tamariki and rangatahi to journalism as a viable career.

Uneasy Money: How We Pay for Art, Metro Media Group Limited, up to $39,380.
A series of four long-form feature articles about how the arts get funded, and what the different methods of funding mean for the production and reception of art in Aotearoa.

Local Elections 2022, The Spinoff, up to $160,187. A dedicated team of writers and contributors to cover the elections throughout the motu.

Local Focus 2022-2, Very Nice Productions Ltd, up to $604,520. Regional video news for Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Whanganui, with accompanying articles.

Targeted Roles Funding

Ara mai he tētē kura, Te Reo o Ngāti Kahungunu Inc, up to $214,245 for two roles over one year.
To utilise current radio content and transform it ready for online distribution, so that content is more readily available and accessible to reach a wider audience.

Content Roles Funding

Hawke’s Bay Local Accountability Reporting, BayBuzz, up to $88,800 for two part-time roles over one year. To deepen coverage in three key areas; agribiz-environment, healthcare delivery and public body accountability.

Content Producing Roles, Indian Newslink, up to $362,520 for two roles over two years.
To report on issues related to youth in South Asian communities including education, language, culture, heritage, community relations, family violence, suicide prevention, child poverty and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Video Content Creator, Newsroom NZ Ltd, up to $159,340 for one role over two years.
A video content creator to work alongside Newsroom’s journalists to visualise public interest stories so they are seen by a wider and more diverse audience.

Junior/Intermediate Role, Crux, up to $139,520 for one role over two years.
To support provision of strong, public interest journalism in the Southern Lakes and Central Otago districts.

Te Reo Kahika (MFM), Te Reo Irirangi o Maniapoto, up to $160,000 for two roles over one year.
To support Te Reo Kahika, news service for Rereahu-Maniapoto, sharing tribal news using bilingual local narratives through a range of established on-air and online platforms.

Naturally, The Buzz won’t have any part in applying for, nor accepting, government cash – The Buzz is free and independent.

Below is a list of the previous rounds of tax-payer hand-outs to the media…



Cultural Competency and Commissioning project, for Allied Press and associated publications, up to $61,725.
Long-form articles and staff training programmes.

Charity Sector Investigation for BusinessDesk, up to $154,020.
An in-depth investigation into New Zealand’s $18b charity sector.

Newshub Nation 2022, 41 X 50 mins, Discovery NZ for Three, up to $978,175.
Current affairs.

The Hui, 40 x 28 min shows and 40 x 28 min podcasts, Great Southern Television and Aotearoa Media Collective for Three, up to $737,036.
Current affairs from a Māori perspective.

Kakalu o Tonga, Kakalu Media for Kakalu o Tonga online, up to $9,817.
Website creation and livestream capability to enhance the sustainability of Pasifika news media.

A Voice for Tangaroa, Kowhai Media for NZ Geographic, up to $146,745.
Stories that focus on reporting about the ocean around Aotearoa.

Kea Kids News, Luke Nola & Friends for Stuff, up to $653,773.
Video news reports and explainers for and by tamariki, videos for digital platforms and social media platforms.

Ohinga 2, Mahi Tahi Media for Re: TVNZ, up to $264,386.
A reo Māori-fluent show which explores Aotearoa through the lens of rangatahi with a current affairs edge.

Miria Te Pounamu, Whakaata Māori, up to $189,200.
A series of on-the-job training wānanga to increase and enhance the professional development of Māori newsroom staff in bilingual and digital journalism.

Rural Issues: Women’s perspectives on contemporary social and cultural issues, Muster Vibrant Rural Communities for Shepherdess Magazine platforms, up to $292,692.
Articles and video stories.

Newsroom Investigates 2022, 60 mins minimum, Newsroom NZ, up to $336,358.
Investigative current affairs video.

Climate Change Interview Series, Newsroom NZ, up to $40,000.
Video interviews focused on how New Zealand will move to a low carbon future.

Exploring Aotearoa’s Chinese Communities, North & South Media, for North & South Magazine, up to $25,000.
A feature series exploring different facets of Chinese communities in New Zealand.

Whenua: Is it yours? NZME, up to $80,500.
An interactive database, map and features that explore how and when land became part of the Pākehā property system in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Stuff Circuit 2022, 90 mins minimum, Stuff, up to $324,200.
Investigative current affairs video.

Tagata Pasifika, 51 x 23 mins and 2 x 90 mins, SunPix for TVNZ 1, up to $1,919,913.
Pasifika news and current affairs.

Te Pararē, 32 digital issues, Te Mana Ākonga – National Māori Students Magazine, up to $28,240.
Māori rangatahi current affairs.

The Quarter Million, The Spinoff, up to $152,304.
A series of features and online stories providing a youth perspective on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.

News 2 Me (formerly Kids Kōrero), TVNZ for TVNZ2 and Radio New Zealand (RNZ), up to $517,364.
Podcast and video news, and current affairs and explainers for 10 –14-year-olds.

Q + A with Jack Tame 2022, 40 x 59 mins, plus a two-hour special, TVNZ, up to $842,200.
Current affairs.

Roles (funded for one year)

Partnership Editor, Allied Press, up to $145,650.
A new editorial team role to bring a kaupapa Māori framework to its newsrooms.

Sub-Editor, Campus Radio 95bFM, up to $32,916.
To assist newsroom staff and improve the quality of journalistic output.

Newshub Cultural Partnership Navigator, Discovery NZ, up to $130,500.
To introduce a kaupapa Māori framework to its newsroom.

Digital Editor, GlobalHQ, up to $105,000.
To diversify content and improve engagement with a digital audience.

Kaiwhakatiki Hourua, Kowhai Media Ltd, up to $55,020.
To incorporate a tikanga Māori perspective at an organisational level.

Editor/Mentor and Digital Marketing Manager, Mana Trust for E-Tangata, up to $165,000.
To increase editing, mentoring capacity and sustainability by building its digital capability.

Sub Editor, Newsroom NZ, up to $91,679.
To improve the quality and variety of online news content.

Kaupapa Editor and Audio Innovation role, NZME, up to $200,280.
To provide leadership and training around tikanga and build relationships with mana whenua, and to ensure the accessible delivery of news for blind and low-vision people.

Digital Content Editor, Radio One 91FM, up to $20,000.
To adapt all on-air news content for online news channels.

Kurawhakaue Partnership Editor, RNZ, up to $108,000.
To operationalise the RNZ Rautaki Māori company-wide, offer cultural training and insight, and be the kaitiaki of te reo Māori.

Te reo Māori Translator, Stuff, up to $103,000.
To ensure parity of lingual representation and offer important public interest news for reo-speaking communities.

Kawea Te Rongo Kaiwhakahaere, Te Po, up to $68,250.
To support the functions and duties of Kawea Te Rongo – Māori Journalists Association.

Sub Editor, The Spinoff, up to $105,450.
To develop practices that enhance accessibility such as captioning and alternative text, and to provide internal workshops.

Business Development role and Social Media Specialist (3 months), The Pantograph Punch, up to $95,040.
To increase the sustainability of arts journalism in Aotearoa.

Pasifika Youth Digital News Editor, Tikilounge Productions, up to $75,000.
To enhance Coconet’s reporting reach and editorial capacity to represent Pasifika rangatahi.



All roles are funded for two years unless otherwise stated.

20 x Community and Pou Tiaki  reporting roles, Stuff, up to $2,789,240.
To uplift the voices and stories of Māori and minority groups across Stuff publications.

**20 x Local Democracy Reporting roles, RNZ, up to $3,554,000.
To fill gaps in local government coverage, mostly in regional New Zealand, as part of a national reporting scheme across 26 publications/platforms.

15 x roles for Open Justice – Te Pātiti scheme, NZME, up to $2,995,702.
A national multimedia service aiming to cover court and legal affairs out of regions that currently receive little or no in-depth coverage, across 11 publications.

7 x roles for Whakaata Māori, four Pou Kawe Kōrero (Reporter /Mentor) roles and three Pou Matarau (Digital Producers), Whakaata Māori, up to $1,593,000.
To improve the sustainability and digital reach/quality of Whakaata Māori news and current affairs.

Māori and Pasifika Arts and Culture Writer, School Road Publishing for Woman magazine, up to $189,660.
To provide feature profiles and topics relevant to ethnic communities.

Editor/Senior Journalist and Junior Journalist, SunPix for Tagata Pasifika TP+, up to $273,600.
To increase the ability of Tagata Pasifika TP+ to produce text-based content from regional areas.

Auckland Council Reporter, Local Matters, for Local Matters and nine other community print publications, up to $150,148.
To cover Auckland Council and other local body and committee meetings.

Community reporter/intermediate journalist, Crux Publishing for Crux, up to $151,200.
To increase local coverage in the Southern Lakes and Central Otago districts.

Māori politics reporter and Pacific communities’ editor, The Spinoff, up to $427,800.
To provide news and current affairs content focused on Māori politics and Pasifika stories.

Rural Content Editor, Ashburton Guardian, up to $150,000.
To ensure coverage of rural issues.

Local Government reporter (part-time for one year), Central App, up to $31,200.
To provide coverage of the Cromwell Community Board.

South Island correspondent, North & South, up to $230,000.
To cover issues relating to the South Island but of national significance.

4 x part-time South Island reporting roles for Newsroom and 1 x shared Māori Editor role for Newsroom and North & South, up to $528,316.

To lead coverage of te ao Māori across both publications.

3 x Court reporters and 1 x Southern Issues reporter, Allied Press for Otago Daily Times and other Allied Press publications, up to $711,797.

Reporter, Valley Media for The Valley Profile, up to $127,096.
To provide consistent local government coverage.

Kaupapa Māori reporter, The Gisborne Herald, up to $183,240.
To report on Māori issues and build relationships with local iwi.

A part-time Māori reporter/editor, Metro Media Group for Metro Magazine, up to $47,600.
To write and commission news content, and identify and mentor new Māori contributors.

** 2 x senior writer-editors, 1 x regional writer and 1 x junior writer, Mana Trust for E-Tangata, up to $650,000.
To help build and strengthen the production.

4 x roles, a senior Auckland reporter, Wellington reporter, Christchurch reporter and Hamilton reporter, Kiwi Media Publishing for The Indian Weekender, up to $705,000.
To increase news content for Indian audiences.

**Wellington political/regional reporter, Digital video editor, Current affairs producer and Senior sub-editor/chief of staff, (for one year) National Pacific Radio Trust for Pacific Media Network, up to $275,000.
To increase coverage of Pasifika stories.

*Partnerships Editor and Manutaki Māori role, (for one year), Television New Zealand for TVNZ News, up to $206,000.
To ensure cultural competency in reporting across multiple news and current affairs programmes.

Digital journalist, Te Reo Irirangi O Te Hiku O Te Ika, up to $176,200.
To create online public interest journalism (PIJ) content from radio interviews.

Video journalist based in Masterton (for one year), Very Nice Productions for Local Focus, up to $105,000.
Providing video content to both NZME and the Wairarapa Times-Age websites.

Full-time Editor, 0.5 FTE Editor, 3 x senior journalists, 2 x trainee journalists, (for one year), UMA Broadcasting for Radio Waatea, up to $774,000.
For a bilingual news service.

**Māori Affairs reporter, a Pasifika and an Asian Affairs reporter, Discovery New Zealand for Newshub, up to $695,560.
To increase the quality and diversity of news stories.

Non-incremental Roles

NZME, up to $940,188 over two years.
To retain roles in its free community newspapers across Rotorua, Napier, Hastings, Whanganui, Manawatū, Taupō, Horowhenua and Kapiti.

Stuff, up to $731,300 over two years.
To retain roles providing public interest journalism across the Marlborough region.


Projects – National

The Detail, Newsroom NZ for RNZ, up to $806,135.
Daily podcasts explaining the stories behind the headlines, giving greater context and understanding of notable events.

The Whole Truth, Stuff for, up to $591,465.
An animated fact-checking project designed to protect public health.

Paakiwaha, UMA Broadcasting for, up to $433,000.
A bilingual news and current affairs show providing a breakfast current affairs programme available on iwi radio stations.

IRL, Hex Work for The Spinoff, up to $335,746.
IRL will explore the real-world consequences of online life through in-depth investigative features and personal stories.

Party People, Aotearoa Media Collective for RNZ, Tūranga FM, Radio Waatea, up to $236,930.
An audio and video series bringing scrutiny and review to politics, whilst preserving an upbeat and conversational approach to political analysis.

Nē?, Hex Work for The Spinoff, up to $217,325.
Nē? is a podcast and written series that will explore hot issues within te ao Māori through an informed and dynamic Māori lens.

Inside Child Poverty 10 Years On, Red Sky Film & Television for Three, up to $204,970.
Investigative journalist Bryan Bruce will review what has or has not been done to improve the lives of our nation’s most deprived tamariki.

Ifoga, SunPix for TP+ online, E-Tangata, Māori Television, Pacific Media Network (NPRT), up to $181,118.
A video series to investigate the ongoing stories of Pasifika who have suffered abuse in state care.

The Hui: Summer Edition, Great Southern Television for and The Hui online platforms, up to $178,729.
A summer edition of the Māori current affairs programme produced by up-and-coming Māori journalists to be broadcast during The Hui’s summer hiatus.

How Good Is Our Public Service? BusinessDesk, up to $174,092.
A non-paywalled multimedia series that will assess the quality, size, organisation, capabilities and composition of NZ’s public service.

Maisuka, SunPix for TP+, Pacific Media Network (NPRT), E-Tangata, Whakaata Māori, up to $131,139.
A documentary investigating the tsunami of Type 2 diabetes in the Moana Pacific adolescent population and its impact.

Being Teen, Kowhai Media for New Zealand Geographic, up to $98,533.
A text and photography-based longitudinal series looking at the lives, hopes, dreams, desires and challenges of 10 NZ teenagers entering adulthood.

Cybersecurity in Aotearoa, Techday  for SecurityBrief New Zealand, CFOtech New Zealand, IT Brief New Zealand, bizEDGE New Zealand, Channel Life New Zealand and Future Five New Zealand, up to $73,152.
A series of text-based stories and interviews focusing on issues of cybersecurity in Aotearoa.

*System Overhaul, North & South Media for North & South, up to $42,500.
An investigative long-form text story looking at efforts to fix a deeply troubled state care sector.

The Living Forest, Lifestyle Publishing for Wilderness Magazine, up to $4,250.
A text-based series that will visit three iwi in New Zealand to understand their relationship with the ngāhere (forest).

Projects – Local/Regional

Local Focus, Very Nice Productions for NZ Herald and NZME regional publications, up to $840,000.
An expansion of the current regional video news service provided to a wider reach of regional centres.

The South Today, Allied Press for, up to $675,000.
An expanded service of video news content to local communities in the South Island.

*Te Awa, Awa FM, up to $498,370.
News made from the perspective of Whanganui Māori in Whanganui dialect reo and English.

Haukāinga, Te Reo Irirangi O Te Hiku O Te Ika for, up to $460,000.
A regional journalism initiative providing news, current affairs, and live broadcasts to Māori audiences in Northland and to wider iwi radio.

Rotorua Weekender – Te Wāhanga Reo Rua, NZME for Rotorua Weekender, up to $440,000.
A weekly bilingual Te Reo Māori and English section in the Rotorua Weekender newspaper to shine a light on local Rotorua iwi issues and people.

Xin xi Lan, (formerly Forever a Foreigner), Stuff for PlayStuff, Whakaata Māori, up to $214,360.
A multimedia series investigates what it was really like for NZ’s first Asian immigrants and descendants, and the issues Chinese New Zealanders face.

Deep South, Crux for, up to $189,522.
An investigative video series examining complex social and economic issues in the lower half of the South Island, Te Waipounamu.

Fault Lines, Vanishing Point Studio for North & South, Westport News, Greymouth Star, Hokitika Guardian, Nelson Weekly, Marlborough Weekly, Tahu FM, up to $166,600.
A cross-platform piece of explanatory journalism looking at the science behind, and the communities at risk of, the rupture of the Alpine Fault.

Whakatupuria Te Moana A Toi, Radio Bay of Plenty, up to $97,000.
A radio-based, multimedia project that will report on the $200m Provincial Growth Fund projects in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Te Ao Mārama, Salient Magazine, up to $7,291.
A special edition of Salient produced by Māori students who will be mentored and supported at Victoria University of Wellington.

Industry Development

Te Rito Journalism Project, NZME, Whakaata Māori, Newshub and Pacific Media Network, up to $2,419,253 (funding spans two financial years, $800,000 in Year 1).
A programme to identify and train 25 cadet Māori, Pasifika and diverse journalists.

Kōmiromiro (formerly Pīpī Paopao), Aotearoa Media Collective, up to $361,815.
A training initiative providing regional workshops for more than 100 iwi radio staff, to strengthen Māori public interest journalism in Māori communities.

Training: Multi-lens Journalism, Stuff, up to $300,800.
A cultural competency course for Stuff journalists (eventually to be shared across the industry) that covers reporting best practice around disability, ageism, LGBTQIA+ communities, te ao Māori, and race and racism, in collaboration with the education and advocacy sectors.

The Next Page, Current Affairs and Culture Magazine Mentorship Programme, The Spinoff, up to $287,310.
A training initiative pairing journalism cadets with a mentor across NZ publications including Metro, North & South, NZ Geographic, and The Pantograph Punch.

BusinessDesk Cadet Training Programme, BusinessDesk up to $191,000.
Training for 2 x specialist business journalists at the Auckland and Wellington newsrooms of BusinessDesk.

Disability Roadshow, Attitude Pictures, up to $121,420.
Workshops around the country to upskill journalists in best practice disability rights and reporting, including a paid internship position for a writer with the lived experience of disability.

Photo Aotearoa, Kowhai Media, up to $98,256.
A four-day intensive workshop and a three-month mentoring programme training photojournalists with international mentors.

Newsroom training, Newsroom NZ, up to $50,610.
Training to upskill two graduate journalists across a diverse range of journalism skills.

Coconet Reporter Training, Tikilounge Productions, up to $49,324.
Training to upskill three Coconet reporter trainees in kaupapa Pasifika journalism.

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