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New Zealand ramps up support for Pacific broadcasting in the region

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand’s plans to expand and enhance Pacific broadcasting and journalism in the region.

The package is valued at $10 million over the next three years which will include a dedicated Pasifika TV channel with New Zealand content.

Peters made the announcement in Nauru, where he is attending the Pacific Islands Forum.

He says the expansion will dramatically improve quality and access to New Zealand content, but also enhance technical support across the Pacific islands.

“While the existing service has demonstrated its ability to lift broadcasting and journalism in the region, it is the natural next step to promote the production of more Pacific content including news and current affairs.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters in Nauru. Photo/ PMN.

An existing Pasifika TV currently provides a contribution feed of New Zealand content to 23 free-to-air broadcasters across 12 Pacific countries.

Pasifika TV was established by the Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited in 2015.