CBA has a range of initiatives on the go, from radio programming through to providing free confidential personal support to those working in New Zealand's media. Find out more here.
Love It Media
Award-winning production team
Producing radio programmes has been CBA's bread and butter for 50 years. The team produces short-form radio spots, long-form radio specials (such as our award-winning Newstalk BC and Crazy Kiwi Christmas Kids Shows), and is trusted by some of New Zealand's leading media networks to produce podcasts.
Love It's most unique offering is the production and direction of live radio programming. Every Sunday, our team is on Newstalk ZB with Sunday at Six with Frank and Jax (6-7.30pm) and Real Life with John Cowan (7.30-8pm). We also do 14 hours of live radio every Easter and 18 hours every Christmas on Newstalk ZB.
Find out more about Love It
If you're interested in having a listen to some of our production team's work, head to Love It's website.
Supporting New Zealand's media people
CBA provides chaplaincy support to anyone in New Zealand media who would benefit from a confidential listening ear and supportive voice.
We believe that the health and well-being of the people within New Zealand’s media are central to the good work that they do. In the fast-paced and changing nature of the modern media environment, achieving balance and a sense of well-being can be difficult. For this reason, we seek to provide confidential support and encouragement to all media personnel at no cost.
Our chaplains are scattered throughout the country and are committed to blessing, loving and serving those who work in the media.
Connecting Christians in the media
Salt is all about connecting and supporting Christians working within New Zealand’s media, helping them to remain faithful and effective in their workplace.
There are at least 300 Christians working as producers, directors, presenters, writers, journalists, editors, technicians, designers and a vast array of other vital roles within New Zealand’s media.
We’re able to pray for these people, support and uplift them, encourage them in their faith and assure them that – as isolated as they may feel at times – they certainly are not alone. Alongside this, we offer one-on-one pastoral care and we bring Salties together for training and networking.
If you’re a Christian working in New Zealand’s media, head to Salt's website to sign up.
Media Prayer Day
Calling New Zealand churches to pray
Every second year we promote Media Prayer Day.
On this one day we encourage hundreds of churches throughout the country to take a few minutes of their Sunday service to join together in prayer for those who work in New Zealand’s media industry.
Aside from the anecdotal feedback, we'll never know what impact Media Prayer day has had. But as scripture says, "He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will. And if we really know He is listening when we talk to Him and make our requests, then we can be sure that He will answer us." (1 John 5:14 NIV) Prayer is an ongoing ministry and we encourage you to continue to keep our media in your prayers.
Encouraging Christian media students
CBA gives out three scholarships to media students every year.
The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and support Christian students studying for a career in mainstream media.
Our hope is that in years to come these scholarship recipients will go on to shape the conversations and stories told in New Zealand’s mass media – and we are privileged to play a small part in supporting them.
Bonus: Venn Summer Conference
All scholarship winners are invited to attend the Venn Summer Conference in January at CBA’s expense. Visit the Venn Foundation website to learn more about the conference.
A media service
xvox exists to make reporting on religion, spirituality and ethics easier for New Zealand media.
We know these can be tricky and inaccessible topics for journalists to cover – they’re fraught with controversy and are the subject of millennia of theory, tradition and debate.
That’s why we want to help. Since mid-2022, we’ve been quietly building a network of some of the best thinkers in this space in New Zealand – experts, academics and thought leaders who can help news media cover these issues with confidence.
This network enables us to offer a range of assistance to journalists, including:
High-quality analysis and opinion pieces by our contributors
Quickfire expert reaction to breaking news from our contributors
Resources on religious reporting