Auction 25, Licence for FM sound broadcasting

Auction 25, for one sound broadcasting spectrum licence, was conducted as an online auction via the Trade Me website from 15 to 22 March 2023.

Sound Broadcasting Auction Catalogue for Auction 25 [PDF, 385 KB]

The winning bid is listed below:

Transmit location Frequency Reserve price (Incl. GST) Sale price (Incl. GST) Winning bidder Licence no.
Southshore (Christchurch City) 94.1 $6,448 $256,100 Rhema Media Incorporated 298785(external link)

The auction was managed by Skylarc on behalf of Radio Spectrum Management.

View Skylarc Asset Realisation's website(external link) 

Terms and conditions for the winning bidder

Winning bidders must:

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

View the Sound Broadcasting Auction 25 2023 sample contract agreement [DOCX, 186 KB]

Having a licence doesn’t automatically give the right to broadcast from a certain site. Licensees need to talk to the site owner or landlord to get approval to broadcast from the preferred location. Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) provide no guarantees regarding access to land, infrastructure, or services in relation to any licence. These are matters for which licensees are directly responsible.

General information for broadcasters and bidders

Licensees may be able to modify the licence parameters from those currently licensed. The licensee needs to get an Approved Radio Engineer (ARE) to do this and pay engineering fees agreed with the ARE. We won’t accept modifications if they substantially decrease service to the public.

Find an Approved Radio Engineer (ARE)

Licensees may also 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)