Current and upcoming spectrum auctions

Information about current and upcoming spectrum auctions can be found on this page.

When someone applies for a new commercial sound broadcasting licence, we call for expressions of interest (EOI) as these types of licence are contestable. We have now released details for the sale of one FM commercial sound broadcasting licence at Southshore (Christchurch City).

The licence for sale is:

Licence Transmit Location Frequency (MHz) Spectrum Licence Number Reserve Price
(NZD Incl. GST)
(Christchurch City)
94.1 298785(external link) $6,448.00

A public auction for this licence will start on Wednesday 15 March 2023 on the Trade Me website, for a duration of seven days. Skylarc will manage the auction. 

The licence is in the Crown’s name. We will transfer the licence to the winning bidder once they have paid Skylarc and signed the Crown's Agreement. Signing the agreement enforces the implementation rules to get the licence. This means you must:

  • Pay the winning bid price for each auction lot.
  • 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 to keep your licence current. The licence is valid until 2 April 2031.

You may be able to change the licence parameters from those currently licensed.  You need to get an approved radio engineer to do this to certify a planned licence modification. We won’t accept modifications if they substantially decrease service to the public.

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

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

View Skylark Asset Realisation's Homepage(external link)

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