There were two types of data that were collected as part of this process:

  1. Notes from seven workshops run in six cities in February and March 2017;

  2. 208 written submissions made via email or the website.

The data was sorted and analysed by Dr Sylvia Nissen and Dr Michael Schraa to pull out key themes. Three emerged:


Strong support for sufficient and sustainable funding that is not vulnerable to political or commercial demands.


A desire for a robust and autonomous broadcasting and media that effectively holds power to account, and supports healthy democratic debate.


A yearning for diverse content, perspectives, and ideas connected to communities in a range of accessible formats and platforms.

Further on in the report, we will cover why each of these themes were valued by participants in workshops and submissions and what some of the key challenges to New Zealand’s current broadcasting and media environment are believed to be.