NZ Has No TV Tax
Instead, the public broadcaster is funded from general taxation.
In NZ we also do not get to choose whether we pay those taxes or what it get's spent on generally.
I am a Brit, born and bred, who moved to NZ aged 34. The BBC is one of the very few things I miss terribly. I don't miss paying the TV license fee because to get decent TV here you HAVE to pay for Sky (more than twice as expensive as the license fee, even on a straight dollar-to-pounds exchange rate basis, never mind the lower wages here), where-as in the UK Sky truly was optional because the BBC was such a good service.
And the TV LIcense fee also paid for commercial free, quality radio. And seriously, you don't know how valuable that is until you come to a country where the very idea is alien.
In NZ we also have a public broadcaster that is indistinguishable from the non-publicly owned commercial TV. They both show the same irritating commercials and the standard of output is lamentably poor (with even more lamentably rare exceptions), apart from the shows imported from overseas.
Ironically, the only channels on which you can enjoy commercial free, quality television... are the pay TV subscription services on Sky (SoHo etc).
Hmmm... I wonder if there's a link between what you pay for something directly, the accountability this creates, and the quality you get as a result.
Now there's a thought.
Quit bitching and moaning. You don't know how lucky you are.