A new animated pre-school series encouraging kids to explore simple science ideas is the first co-production funded by NZ On Air that is hoping to access the revamped NZ Screen Production Grant scheme.

Darwin and Newts¬†will take youngsters on a comical journey of learning as two brothers figure out how stuff works. Under scheme rules revised last year, qualifying television animations and children’s drama projects are eligible for rebates of up to 40% on qualifying NZ production expenditure. These are the only genres that can also apply for NZ On Air funding.

Also returning The Moe Show, Sticky TV returns for it’s 15th season and What Now celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2016. A second series of The Barefoot Bandits and the rebranded teenage afternoon show, The Adam and Eve Show.

We are currently reviewing our Children’s funding strategy to ensure we are keeping pace with the demands of this very mobile audience. We anticipate making changes in 2016/2017 year,” said Jane Wrightson CEO of NZ on Air. “Children are very well served by television but are increasingly content online via a range of devices.