Auction 17, Licences for AM & FM sound broadcasting

Auction 17, for 5 spectrum licences, was conducted as an online auction via the Trade Me website on 3-10 April 2019.

AM & FM Licences Auction Catalogue, Radio Frequency Auction No. 17

Licence Transmit Location Frequency
(kHz or MHz)
Reserve Price
(Incl. GST)
Final Price
(Incl. GST)
Winning Bidder Licence No
Mt Hutt (Ashburton) 105.3 MHz (FM) $1,451 $7,000 Brian FM Limited 265075(external link)
Lyttelton (Christchurch) 104.5 MHz (FM) $3,252 $10,000 MediaWorks Radio Limited 265076(external link)
Lower Rataroa (Waikato) 104.4 MHz (FM) $9,541 $70,750 MediaWorks Radio Limited 265682(external link)
Rataroa (Waikato) 94.0 MHz (FM) $20,312 $70,000 Radio Coromandel Limited 265683(external link)
Horokiwi (Wellington) 1566 kHz (AM) $26,664 $26,664 World TV Limited 265684(external link)

A public auction for these licences was held over 3 - 10 April 2019 on the Trade Me website. The auction was managed by Skylark on behalf of Radio Spectrum Management.

View Skylarc online auctions experts(external link)

Terms and conditions for the winning bidders

You must:

  • Set up your broadcasting service within 2 years of getting your licence. You need to be on air within 21 months or you could lose your frequency.
  • Pay an annual fee of $150.00 per year to keep your licence current. Each licence is valid until 2 April 2031.

View a sample Sound Broadcasting Spectrum Licence Agreement [DOCX, 203 KB]

Having a licence doesn’t automatically give you the right to broadcast from a certain site. You'll need to talk to the site owner or landlord to get approval to broadcast from your preferred location.

General information for broadcasters and bidders

You can modify the licence parameters from those currently licensed. You need to get an Approved Radio Engineer to do this for you and pay engineering fees agreed with your ARE. We won’t accept modifications if they substantially decrease service to the public.

Find an Approved Radio Engineer (ARE)

You may need to pay:

  • a one off resource charge when the licence is modified for an increase in population coverage.
  • levies to the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) under the Broadcasting Act 1989.
  • performing rights and artist copy right or royalty fees to OneMusic NZ.

Broadcasting Standards Authority(external link)

OneMusic NZ(external link)