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Call for Expressions of Interest in commercial FM sound broadcasting licences

RSM invites interested parties to apply for licences for commercial FM sound broadcasting. This follows a Ministerial directive after Auction 13. To apply for licences, you need to use an Approved Radio Engineer.

We will notify interested parties of the licences applied for. Notification will be via our website and the RSM Business Update newsletter.

Licences available for current expressions of interest

  • Mt Burnett (near Takaka), licence ID 197491, reserve price: $2,374.02 incl gst.

How to make an expression of interest

To express your interest in purchasing any of these licences, email radio.spectrum@mbie.govt.nz. You will need to provide the following information:

  • your name,
  • the name of the entity you represent,
  • your contact details (phone number, email address and postal address), and
  • an indication which licence(s) from the list above that you specifically wish to purchase.


We will then assess the expressions of interest and decided how to allocate the licences. Allocation may be by direct sale or by a competitive allocation process.

You can view full licence data for the licences via the Register of Radio Frequencies.

The licence purchase will be

  • subject to the execution of a licence agreement with the Crown, and
  • is likely to include implementation requirements.


If you have questions, email radio.spectrum@mbie.govt.nz. If RSM considers the answers to questions are of interest to other potential purchasers, then they will be published on this webpage.

RSM reserves the right to amend or cancel the Expression of Interest process at any time.

Previous expressions of Interest

July 2017

RSM sought Expressions of Interest in a number of commercial FM broadcasting spectrum licences that closed on 31 July 2017.

The licences were at the following locations:

  • Centennial Drive (Whitianga) 95.1 MHz, licence number 258295, reserve price: $4,761.60 incl gst.
  • Lower Rataroa (near Thames) 106.0 MHz, licence number 258269, reserve price: $10,579.24 incl gst.
  • Croisilles Ridge (near Okiwi Bay – Marlborough Sounds) 105.9 MHz, licence number 258271, reserve price: $1,150.00 incl gst.
  • Takorika (near Havelock) 106.5 MHz, licence number 258413, reserve price: $1,150.00 incl gst.
  • Grampians (at Nelson) 105.6 MHz, licence number 258268, reserve price: $74,602.79 incl gst.
  • Hollow Top (near Ward) 105.9 MHz, licence number 258270, reserve price: $1,150.00 incl gst.
  • Wallace Peak (near Hanmer Springs) 106.1 MHz, licence number 258414, reserve price: $1,615.76 incl gst.

Two of these licences were uncontested and directly awarded. With the other five licences contested and auctioned in Auction 14 (FM sound broadcasting).


Last updated 3 April 2018