Reading the authoritative survey of New Zealand Drama Ourselves in Primetime by Trisha Dunleavy back in 2006 made me want to read more about the individual productions, but looking around made me realise that many great shows from my childhood like Mortimer's Patch, The Governor, Close to Home, and Under the Mountain were sadly neglected on the world wide web. Thus I was inspired to develop this site to try and document as much as I could about New Zealand TV shows. In some cases this is just links to a fan page or official site if one exists, or there might be more details based on my research and the kind assistance of visitors.
My main focus for this site is on shows from before the 1990s because they pre-date the emergence of the web so aren't usually very well documented online, and it also allows me to turn a blind eye to much of the reality TV shows which I have to say I don't find that entertaining. Since starting the site I've also moved to the UK, so I'm not in a position to keep up to date with every 21st century production, only the ones that turn up on UK TV, but these shows most likely have their own website somewhere out there for people to access.
If you have any information, memories, links or questions about NZ TV shows feel free to add them to this site. Help to fill in missing details for shows that don't ring any bells with me is always appreciated.
While the range of kiwi shows available on DVD is small, it is slowing growing.
Ronald Thomas Bell (Ron) Walton (? - 1999) hosted a children's TV show In the Nature of Things in which he carried out scientific experiments.
TVNZ Heartland want suggestions
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