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Licences for AM & FM sound broadcasting (Auction 17)

When someone applies for a licence, we call for expressions of interest (EOI). The licences for sale are:

Licence Transmit Location
(KHz or MHz)
Reserve Price
(Incl. GST)
Licence No

Mt Hutt (Ashburton)
105.3 MHz (FM)
Lyttelton (Christchurch)
104.5 MHz (FM)
Lower Ratoroa (Waikato)
104.4 MHz (FM)
Ratoroa (Waikato)
94.0 MHz (FM)
Horokiwi (Wellington)
1566 kHz (AM)

A public auction for these licences will be held on Wednesday 3 April 2019 on the Trade Me website. Skylarc will manage the auction.

The licences are in the Crown’s name. We will transfer a licence to the winning bidder once you've paid Skylarc and signed the Crown's Agreement. Signing the agreement enforces the implementation rules for you to get your licence.

This means you must:

  • Pay a one off spectrum resource fee.
  • 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 can modify the licence parameters from those currently licensed. You need to get an approved radio engineer to do this. We won’t accept modifications if they substantially decrease service to the public.

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Last updated 5 March 2019