EIGHT hours per day of television broadcasts from New Zealand will be broadcast in Papua New Guinea as part of the nation’s Pacific Broadcasting Initiative.

New Zealand sports, news, current affairs and documentaries are now available on local free to air stations including NBC, EMTV, TVWAN and Click TV in Papua New Guinea.

As part of the initiative there will also be training programs for local technicians including camera operators, vision switchers and studio technicians to help build skills across the region.

The program is also being run in Tonga, the Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, American Samoa and Fiji.New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga Sarah Walsh said the initiative aimed to inform, educate and entertain people across the region.

“We want to continue to foster and develop the relationships we have with our Pacific Island neighbours. Showcasing our culture and identity through television is a great way to do this,” she said.

In addition to sending New Zealand content, there is interest in using the service to rebroadcast local Pacific content.