Media, culture and recreation
Some New Zealanders spend their free time on the rugby field, others at the museum. But even our downtime is not entirely free from politics, with government playing a role in supporting sports, arts and more, including through rescue funding during the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, concerns grow over the precarious state of NZ's media.
Sports and recreation
Many sports events were cancelled or postponed for the lockdown, and the sports and recreation sector received emergency funding from the government.
Arts, culture and heritage
Many events were cancelled or postponed for the lockdown and the creative sector received emergency funding from the government. Sector advocates say Covid-19 is an opportunity to fund the sector on a more sustainable basis.
Broadcasting and media
NZ's media sector is in trouble after years of job losses and outlet closures. There is increasing discussion around the need for the government to step in to support the industry, which many consider vital to the health of the democracy.