This looks at it more from the viewpoint of the restrictions placed on journalists to investigate rather than the media to say what they want, although agglomeration of media outlets into the hands of a few isn’t liked.
Despite the attacks by Andrew Little and Golriz Ghahraman, a.k.a. Golly G, on those who report/say things they don’t like and the government-ordered police raids on them, NZ still rates near the top at number 7, ahead of Australia at number 21. Perhaps RSF aren’t yet aware of these attacks.
Unsurprisingly, the kingdom of the other Dear Leader, North Korea, is second from bottom — but the lowest of 180 countries goes to Turkmenistan, a former Soviet republic that doesn’t feature much if at all in news.