36 Functions of Commission
  • (1) The primary functions of the Commission are—

    • (a) to reflect and develop New Zealand identity and culture by—

      • (i) promoting programmes about New Zealand and New Zealand interests; and

      • (ii) promoting Maori language and Maori culture; and

    • (b) to maintain and, where the Commission considers that it is appropriate, extend the coverage of television and sound radio broadcasting to New Zealand communities that would otherwise not receive a commercially viable signal; and

    • (c) to ensure that a range of broadcasts is available to provide for the interests of—

      • (i) women; and

      • (ii) youth; and

      • (iii) children; and

      • (iv) persons with disabilities; and

      • (v) minorities in the community including ethnic minorities; and

    • (ca) to encourage a range of broadcasts that reflects the diverse religious and ethical beliefs of New Zealanders; and

    • (d) to encourage the establishment and operation of archives of programmes that are likely to be of historical interest in New Zealand—

    by making funds available, on such terms and conditions as the Commission thinks fit, for—

    • (e) broadcasting; and

    • (f) the production of programmes to be broadcast; and

    • (g) the archiving of programmes.

    (2) The Commission may also make funds available (on the terms and conditions that it thinks fit and, as far as practicable, in a manner consistent with its primary functions) for—

    • (a) transmitting on demand; and

    • (b) producing content for transmitting on demand; and

    • (c) archiving content.

    Section 36(1): amended, on 14 March 2008, by section 5(1) of the Broadcasting Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 3).

    Section 36(1)(c): substituted, on 1 July 2000, by section 6(1) of the Broadcasting Amendment Act 2000 (2000 No 3).

    Section 36(1)(ca): inserted, on 1 July 2000, by section 6(2) of the Broadcasting Amendment Act 2000 (2000 No 3).

    Section 36(2): added, on 14 March 2008, by section 5(2) of the Broadcasting Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 3).