Public policy spectrum reservations
Public safety and security
International treaty provisions reserve some frequency bands on a global basis for specific services such as aircraft and ship communications and navigation. Other bands and frequencies are reserved to meet national interests such as police, fire, ambulance, defence, and conservation. Actual provision and operation of services is the responsibility of the relevant agencies.
Māori language and culture
Te Puni Kōkiri is responsible for developing policy on reserving radio and television broadcasting frequencies for the promotion of Māori language and culture, and for determining successful applicants, and monitoring compliance, for particular reserved frequencies. However, Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) remains responsible for issuing licences for reserved frequencies.
The Ministry for Culture and Heritage is responsible for developing policy on reserving radio and television broadcasting frequencies for other purposes, such as Access Radio. It is also responsible for applying the government's Regional and Community Broadcasting Policy Framework to decide between competing applicants for reserved frequencies. RSM remains responsible for issuing licences for reserved frequencies.