House of Representatives
Supplementary Order Paper
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill
Hon Amy Adams
Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill
The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:
This Act is the Radio New Zealand Amendment Act 2009.
This Act comes into force on
1 January 2010.
3 Principal Act amended
This Act amends the Radio New Zealand Act 1995.
4 Interpretation Section 2 is amended by inserting the following definition in its appropriate alphabetical order: commercial-free — (a) means without advertising or sponsorship; but (b) to avoid doubt, does not include announcements by Radio New Zealand of its own services
5 New sections 7, 8, and 8A to 8C substituted
Sections 7 and 8 are repealed and the following sections substituted:
7 Public radio company to give effect to Charter
The public radio company must give effect to its Charter.
The Charter of the public radio company is as follows:
As an independent
and commercial-free public service broadcaster, the public radio company’s purpose is to serve the public interest.
Freedom of thought and expression are foundations of democratic society and the public radio company as a public service broadcaster plays an essential role in exercising these freedoms.
The public radio company fosters a sense of national identity by contributing to tolerance and understanding, reflecting and promoting ethnic, cultural, and artistic diversity and expression.
The public radio company provides reliable, independent, and freely accessible news and information.
In achieving its purpose, the public radio company must endeavour to provide services of the highest quality which—
are predominantly and distinctively of New Zealand:
inform, entertain, and enlighten the people of New Zealand:
are challenging, innovative, and engaging:
foster critical thought, and informed and wide-ranging debate:
stimulate, support, and reflect the diversity of cultural expression, including drama, comedy, literature, and the performing arts:
stimulate, support, and reflect a wide range of music, including New Zealand composition and performance:
reflect New Zealand’s cultural identity, including Māori language and culture:
provide awareness of the world and of New Zealand’s place in it:
provide comprehensive, independent, accurate, impartial, and balanced regional, national, and international news and current affairs:
provide programmes which balance special interest with those of wide appeal, recognising the interests of all age groups:
contribute towards intellectual and spiritual development:
include an international service to the South Pacific in both English and Pacific languages:
take account of services provided by other broadcasters:
take advantage of the most effective means of delivery:
preserve and archive broadcasting material of historical interest.
8A Principles of operation
The public radio company must, in fulfilling its Charter, exhibit a sense of social responsibility by—
having regard to the interests of the community in which it operates; and
endeavouring to accommodate or encourage those interests when able to do so.
The public radio company must, in fulfilling its Charter, ensure that it is not influenced by the commercial interests of other parties.
The public radio company must, in fulfilling its Charter, ensure that it operates in a financially responsible manner and, for this purpose, that it—
prudently manages its assets and liabilities; and
endeavours to ensure—
its long-term financial viability; and
that it acts as a successful going concern.
8B Review of Charter
The House of Representatives must periodically review the Charter.
The first review must be undertaken and completed as soon as practicable after 5 years after the commencement of the Radio New Zealand Amendment Act 2009.
A subsequent review must be undertaken and completed as soon as practicable after the fifth anniversary of the later of the dates specified in subsection (4).
For the purposes of subsection (3), the dates are—
the date on which the select committee
reviewing the Charter presents its report to the House of Representatives:
the date on which any subsequent legislation
amending the Charter comes into force.
The public radio company must include in its annual report required by section 150 of the Crown Entities Act 2004 an assessment of the extent to which its performance fulfils its Charter.
In making the assessment, the public radio company must take into account—
(a) annual research relating to its current audiences; and (b) research conducted from time to time (including people not in its current audiences); and
the measures, if any, it has taken as a result of the research.
6 Consequential amendments
The definition of Charter in section 2 is amended by omitting
“section 7” and substituting
Sections 11(2) and 15(2) are amended by omitting
“section 8)” and substituting