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New Zealand First will promote diverse, innovative and quality programming, including programmes reflecting New Zealand’s identity, character and cultural diversity.  It will also promote the development of a broadcasting industry that is responsive to audience needs, respects community standards and places a high priority on the protection of children from harmful material.

There is an important role for publicly owned television and radio networks to provide essential communications in the event of national emergencies.

New Zealand First will:

  • Combine Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and Radio New Zealand under one state-owned enterprise known as New Zealand Broadcasting (NZB), modelled on similar public broadcasting systems overseas, and with clear aims that include promoting our nation's unique qualities, and the coverage of significant national events.
  • Re-establish a non-commercial public service free-to-air channel with a concentration on quality programming based on the TVNZ 7 model.
  • Introduce lower dividend requirements to allow more expenditure on quality programming thus removing the need for low value programming with high advertising content.
  • Require TV One and Radio New Zealand to establish a common complementary administrative and logistical system.
  • Require TV One and Radio New Zealand to establish a common complementary news service that enhances coverage.
  • Set up a more secure system of funding for Radio New Zealand and remove it from the list of charitable trusts.
  • Ensure that all future appointments to the NZB board are made on the basis of experience, expertise, and appropriate representation from industry and consumers, and not political patronage.
  • Require that salaries paid beyond accepted public service bands, particularly but not exclusively in broadcasting, be cleared with and signed off by stakeholder ministers.
  • Improve Radio New Zealand's international services to the Pacific region.
  • Review the efficacy of the process of allocating digital channels and radio spectrum bands and ensure that emergency facilities are protected.
  • Support community-based television and radio broadcasting.
  • Continue to work with the industry and the public to achieve and maintain a voluntary quota system to increase the New Zealand content of radio and television broadcasting.
  • Improve processes and funding mechanisms (including via New Zealand On Air) in order to develop the amount and quality of New Zealand content.
  • Raise broadcasting standards especially in relation to violence, obscenities, and pornography.
  • Strengthen the rating system for video games with a move towards restricting access by minors to graphically violent and sexually explicit video games.
  • Review the regulations and practices relating to the use and allocation of funds for the broadcasting of election programmes.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT)

Free, open and affordable access to information and communication technology is the foundation of the democratic state. The role of government should largely be confined to essential regulatory matters, thereby ensuring issues relating to community standards, access, impartiality and diversity are addressed.

New Zealand First supports and embraces new technology and understands the importance of ICT. It provides opportunities as well as threats and risk to New Zealand and New Zealanders when mismanaged.

ICT AND BUSINESS

New Zealand First will:

  • Develop a framework for ensuring greater sharing of telecommunications infrastructure between all companies operating in the New Zealand market.
  • Pursue the availability of wholesale broadband services at competitive prices to improve broadband uptake in New Zealand which in turn will facilitate improved internet pricing and technology that will enhance access by Kiwi consumers leading to greater international competitiveness for Kiwi businesses.
  • Ensure that New Zealand business are given the first opportunity for all Government ICT tenders before a foreign owned company. The work will go abroad if there is no New Zealand company offering the service.
  • Investigate Kiwi Share, its valuation, its application to internet services and consider its replacement and its application to Telecom’s competitors.
  • Continue to develop and use the appropriate regulatory powers to ensure fairness in the telecommunications sector which facilitates fair competition in the market and benefits New Zealanders.

ICT AND PRIVACY

New Zealand First will:

  • Support New Zealanders right to privacy and support a review to ensure the right to privacy is included in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.
  • Promote and support the right of New Zealanders to see and know that their personal information held in all government agencies databases is correct.
  • Ensure that New Zealand citizen’s personal information required for use by the public sector agencies is stored in New Zealand.
  • Work with the industry to help develop guidelines for standardized implementation of digital privacy controls, education agency privacy and legal officials on options for addressing digital privacy, records retention and security issues.

ICT AND EDUCATION

Whilst schools face competitive and financial challenges in providing adequate technology tools and resources for learners, New Zealand First supports the use of open and transparent tender processes to ensure schools are receiving the best advice and price.

New Zealand First will:

  • Provide all primary and secondary educational institutions, particularly those in rural areas, with access to up-to-date communications technology.
  • Improve access to the internet such as broadband in rural and isolated areas.
  • Ensure the costs of ICT to schools are fair and affordable.
  • Ensure effective school policies are in place to securely protect students from being able to access or have exposure to inappropriate content.
  • Review the Ministry of Education’s proactive role in working with schools when negotiating with technology organizations over ICT products and services to ensure the best solution for those schools and their communities.
  • Ensure ICT organizations do not use schools as marketing and advertising tools for their products.

ICT E-WASTE

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, in 2012 global spending on electronics is expected to surpass US$1 trillion. As use of electronics increases around the world, the question of how to properly manage them when consumers are finished with them becomes more urgent. Not enough of our electronics are re-used, recycled or refurbished and too many of them end up directly in landfills or recovered in an unsafe manner.

New Zealand First will:

  • Work with the ICT sector to develop strategies to reduce e-waste and to incentivize the recycling of old devices such as phones and TVs.
  • Support research to help us understand how we can manage e-waste and discarded electronics to safeguard human health and protect our environment.
  • Work with industries to find better ways to manage our used and end-of-life electronics and avoid them ending up in landfills.

ICT AND TELCO

New Zealand First will:

  • Consider setting up an independent regulator in the telecommunication industry to avoid pressure and influence from the government of the day.
  • Promote a safe and secure adoption of existing and new technologies.
  • Work with industry in addressing issues of cyber-safety and cyber-citizenship.  Promote and support those service providers who provide tools and approaches that help empower and enable people to deal with these issues.
  • Work with industry on a programme designed to bring improved broadband services to rural communities that would otherwise miss out on good internet connectivity.
  • Work with and support the industry in helping close the digital divide between rich and poor, urban and rural.

ICT SECURITY

New Zealand First will:

  • Promote robust measures to deal with internet pornography and in particular child pornography, with both legislative and regulatory powers, including substantial jail terms.
  • Ensure that the social objectives in the wider telecommunications sector are safeguarded in the interest of both business and consumers.
  • Ensure that adequate anti-spam measures are put in place along with advance solutions for phishing and internet fraud.
  • Review the controls around the sale of private information by business and the sharing of information between government agencies to be certain it complies with the aims of the Privacy Act. 

Rt Hon Winston Peters MP on this policy

"New Zealand First will promote diverse, innovative and quality programming, including programmes reflecting New Zealand’s identity, character and cultural diversity. It will also promote the development of a broadcasting industry that is responsive to audience needs, respects community standards and places a high priority on the protection of children from harmful material."