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A New Zealand funded free-to-air TV channel for the Pacific region, Pasifika TV, has gone live in 13 countries.

pasifika tv logo 9 sept 19Pasifika TV will to provide news, sports and drama programming through a three year NZ$10 million grant from the New Zealand Government, which has also provided equipment, training and funding for the 24 hour a day feed. Content is provided by TVNZ, Mediaworks, Māori TV and Sky.

“The expansion of the TV service will dramatically improve the way in which New Zealand content is delivered across the Pacific,” said deputy prime minister Winston Peters.

There will also be contestable funding from 2020 to encourage Pacific broadcasters to make their own programmes.

“Another reason why this service is really important is that it provides an opportunity to amplify the Pacific voice so that we can address issues that are trending across the whole region,” said Natasha Meleisea, CEO, Pasifika TV.

In the future the service expects to expand its operation, which currently involves broadcasting from 24 stations across 13 countries.

Fiesta Matafeo, chief executive of Samoa Broadcasting, welcomed the channel, saying: “Any information that helps broaden the intellect or widens our people’s perspective is much appreciated.”