The new Broadcasting Minister says she's concerned TVNZ's boss has been given a $141,678 pay rise.
TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick will receive $1.3 million in the year to June, despite the government-owned company's net profit falling 89 percent.
However, the profit reduction was almost entirely from the writing-down of an unprofitable content deal.
The new government's broadcasting minister Clare Curran said she had asked for more information on the pay rise.
"I am concerned in an environment of restructuring, and where people are losing their jobs and where there's staff who work for the entity are not getting very high wage increases - in fact quite low ones - that we're seeing these sort of increases.
Ms Curran said the public sector should be showing more restraint.
Update: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the pay rise was $200,000.