Kiwis up coin for local TV prod’n

New Zealand gov't announces $13 million increase

AUCKLAND — The New Zealand government announced a $13 million increase in subsidies for locally made television shows.

The additional coin to funding agency NZ On Air was announced recently in the Kiwi government’s annual budget.

It increases NZ On Air’s annual allocation for local television subsidy to $43 million per year.

The budget also provides $2.4 million to enable TVNZ to supply New Zealand programming by satellite to 12 Pacific nations.

Governments led by the arts-friendly Labor Party have increased taxpayer coin for broadcasting three-fold in the five years since 2001.

Broadcasting minister Steve Maharey said the extra coin underlined the government’s commitment to broadcasting.

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