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RNZ gets funding boost after nine years

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/05/2017

Radio New Zealand has scooped its first funding increase in nearly a decade.

The state radio broadcaster, which has been stuck with a budget of about $35m since 2008, will get an extra $11.4 million over the next four years, it was announced in the government's budget on Thursday.

The Kaikoura earthquake helped shake the coins from the government's coffers.

"Like many New Zealanders, I was acutely aware of the importance of RNZ during the 2016 earthquakes," said Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry.

"In times of pressure and emergency we look to certain organisations to help us through - RNZ is one of those organisations."

RNZ provided a high quality, responsive service and the new funding would ensure it remained an accessible and sustainable public broadcaster, Ms Barry said.

Also announced as part of her portfolio was $5m more over three years, bringing the total to $8.5m, for the Encounters 250 programme.

The project will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the first meeting between Maori and Captain James Cook in 1769.

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