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NZ On Air empties wallet

A blast from the past, a look inside the Māori King movement and the return of Roger Donaldson pick up support as NZ On Air’s spends up what little remains of the year’s funding.

Cue TV's University Challenge

Cue TV’s University Challenge

Invercargill’s recently-closed broadcaster, Cue Television, gets support for it production work with more University Challenge heading for Prime. The original quiz programme, based on the BBC format, screened here from 1976 to 1989. After a well-received return towards the end of last year, it will be back this year with NZ On Air support.

A three-part documentary series exploring the historic origins of Kiingitanga, the Māori King movement will screen on Māori Television. Kiingitanga- The Untold Story will give viewers rare access to the royal household, providing an insight into an institution unfamiliar to most New Zealanders.

NZ On Air joins the NZFC on Roger Donaldson’s The Guinea Pig Club, written by The Insatiable Moon writer Mike Riddell. Destined for TV One, it’s the story of Kiwi surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe, who defied the British establishment with his radical methods of healing burns of WW2 fighter pilots and soldiers.

“In the last round of the financial year we received many excellent television proposals but could only support a fraction due to depleted funds. However those supported are quality projects that increase the diversity of programming available for New Zealanders of every walk of life,” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

Funding details
Kiingitanga – The Untold Story, 3 x 60mins, Enter The Dragon for Māori Television, $575,540
University Challenge, 19 x 30mins, Cue Television for Prime, $303,918
The Guinea Pig Club, 1 x 2hrs, Crimbil Equities for TV One , $199,500

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