A group trying to save TVNZ7 says the money required to keep it going is a drop in the bucket.
Nearly 400 people have turned out at a public meeting in Auckland to show their support for TVNZ7, the first of a series of meetings being held across the country.
Funding for the station will run out next month.
Save TVNZ7 founder Myles Thomas says $16 million a year is very little compared to GDP and how much is spent on broadcasting.
He says it's nothing in international terms.
In Australia, SBS has opted to stump up another $200 million to establish another channel.
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