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Licences for FM sound broadcasting (Auction 14)

Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) has announced the results of Auction 14 after a recent Expression of Interest.

The Auction was managed by Turners and held on the Trade Me website on behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The licences are valid until 2 April 2031 subject to implementation requirements being met by the successful bidders.


Confirmed auction results

The results of Auction 14 are as follows:

Licence Transmit Location

Frequency (MHz)

Reserve Price (GST incl)

Final Price (GST incl)

Winning bidder

Licence ID (with link to The Register of Radio Frequencies)

91 Centennial Drive, Whitianga
$32,300 Radio Whitianga Limited
Lower Rataroa
$40,200 NZME
$173,400 Brian FM Limited
Hollow Top (Marlborough Lines)
$1,150 Brian FM Limited
Wallace Peak
$2,400 Brian FM Limited

Licence parameters can be modified from those currently licenced with agreement of the Chief Executive of MBIE or their delegated officer. Modifications will not be accepted if they substantially decrease service to the public.

Any modification requests need to be certified by an Approved Radio Engineer and comply with the rules specified in PIB 59. The modification requests must be submitted online in The Register of Radio Frequencies to the Crown Spectrum Asset Manager. Planned coverage information may also be required for the Crown Spectrum Asset Manager.


Terms and conditions

All successful bidders will be expected to implement services within two years of purchase. Bidders will be required to sign an agreement with MBIE to enforce this implementation requirement.


General information for broadcasters and bidders

Broadcasters are reminded of the requirement to pay ongoing annual administration fees under the Radiocommunications Act 1989 (from 1 October these will be $150 per annum for broadcast licences). Licences, for which annual administration fees are overdue, may be cancelled by MBIE under the provisions of the Act. 

Refer to the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) for levies to be paid under the Broadcasting Act 1989. 

Refer to OneMusic NZ regarding the performing rights and artist copy right or royalty fees payable by broadcasters.

Last updated 6 April 2018