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NIU WAVES is dedicated to creating and consolidating a Pasifika approach to screen production, reconciling the efficiency and accountability of industry convention with Pasifika values. And where they clash, finding a new way to work.

A Pasifika approach where knowledge is not only shared but gathered. The participants of this programme will not simply be receiving knowledge but will be contributing and shaping this knowledge basket.


The Pacific voice has much to contribute to the screen industry – in an ever-changing screen eco-system the need to meet this change can be found in the voices of the screen artists who have not had the opportunity to be heard. 


 Six to eight teams will be selected. Teams are made up of three key creative roles and require two of the three creative roles to be of Pacific Islands descent. The teams selected will participate in a development programme for scripted projects, facilitated by PISA with the goal of completing a full proposal for NZ On Air funding. NIU Waves is made up of a two-day workshop, follow-up check-ins, an introduction and pitching to local platforms and development funding. 


  • First Wave: A two-day workshop where teams will be taken through key elements required for funding proposals.

  • Second Wave: Follow-up mentoring sessions. Platform representatives will discuss with participants about their audiences and their respective platforms.

  • Third Wave: Participants pitch their projects to suitable and interested platforms with the aim of securing letters of support from one/more platforms.

  • Fourth Wave: Eligible teams have the opportunity to apply for Development Funding.

  • Fifth Wave: Eligible projects - Complete and finalize proposals and submit their project to NZ On Air for production funding.

NIU WAVES is an initiative to support six to eight teams* to develop their projects into a full proposal for NZ On Air production funding. Created by Pacific Islands Screen Artists Inc. and supported by NZ On Air.

Key Dates:

Stage One

  • 01 September 2022               Applications open

  • 28 September 2022, 4pm       Deadline for application submissions

  • 05 October 2022                   Shortlisted teams notified

Stage Two

  • 07 October 2022                   Interviews with shortlisted teams

  • 14 October 2022                   Successful teams notified

  • 28 - 30 October 2022             Development workshop (2days)

  • November 2022 - April 2023   Mentoring & Team check-ins, Platform introductions, Pitch to Platforms,                                                           Opportunity for eligible teams to apply for Development funding, submit                                                       proposals for production funding.


Fee: There is no fee to apply or attend.

Application Submissions Closing Date: Wednesday 28th September 2022, 4pm.

Applicants: This initiative is aimed towards mid-career practitioners**, but a team with emerging talent partnered with experienced practitioners will also be considered.

Projects: Eligible projects are scripted projects for online.


The Application process will occur in a 2-stage process:

Stage One - Complete the Application Form - More info here.

Stage Two - Shortlisted teams will be invited for an interview.

To apply or for more details on the application please click on the 'Apply Now' button below.


*Eligibility Criteria:

  • Teams must have two of the three Above the Line roles (i.e. Producer, Writer, Director) filled by a person who is of Pacific Islands descent.

  • The teams writer, director and producer are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.

  • The producer attached to this project must be separate from the director attached.

  • This initiative is aimed towards mid-career and experienced practitioners, but a team with emerging talent partnered with experienced practitioners will also be considered.

  • Projects we are seeking must be scripted online series projects.

  • Applications are due on September 28th 2022, 4:00pm. No late applications will be accepted.

**Mid-Career Practitioners (Examples of how we define 'Mid Career': A practitioner who has had experience working in the Screen industry but has perhaps not applied for funding before. A practitioner who may have made their own content/work and has not come through the NZ On Air funding route.) - If you are unsure please get in touch.


    Thank you

for supporting NIU WAVES.

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