Johnson, Alma (R.I.P.)
The first woman to appear on New Zealand television, Alma Johnson, has died.
Alma Johnson, who was married to the newsreader Tim Evans Freke, appeared on our screens some 56 years ago.
And at that time no one had any idea how popular TV would become.
When Ms Johnson auditioned to be the first woman in New Zealand television, the then radio announcer had no idea what she was in for.
"The audition consisted of my standing at one end of an absolutely totally empty studio with a camera at the other end and Ian Watkins standing beside it and just firing I think three questions. And they said, right. You've got the job."
The year was 1961 and Ms Johnson was to become the first woman on our screens, as a continuity announcer.
"Continuity announcer was simply to act as a hostess and it was to say 'good evening' everyone and welcome to tonight's programmes, and I sat behind a desk with my nameplate in front of it - nothing but that," she explained in an interview before her death.
"I had no idea - I don't think any of us had any idea of the impact of television. And it was the blind leading the blind you know. Even in the early days there wasn't an awful lot of response because very few people had sets, the reception was so awful it was all snow -nobody could see you anyway."
But that all changed by the mid-60s, and Alma Johnson had become a household name.
"People would stop you in the street and say 'no, you mustn't wear floral, it doesn't look right'," she said.
"Hair was important - it became a thing - and it was very bouffant in those stages and people were very quick to tell you what they thought of that."
On top of a glowing career presenting TV shows in the 1960s and '70s, Alma Johnson was also a highly regarded teacher of speech and drama - a passion she continued into her final years.
"I'm just so lucky to be working at my age. And there's a sense of performance about it. You know. Once a performer always performers don't you think?"
Stolen from Newshub.
Continuity presenter and reader for weekend news on TVNZ in late sixites and early seventies died peacefully on Monday 10 July in a rest home in Stoke, Nelson, her death notice said.
Originally from New Plymouth, Martin started working for the then NZBC in 1965 and was seen in colour in 1973, when Martin was the first person to appear on colour television in New Zealand. She wore a mauve dress for the occasion, one which she had made herself.
Martin was also the last person to appear on the NZBC before it was split into two channels in 1975. She was one of the first Maori broadcasters.
After retiring from broadcasting in 1978, Martin went back to working as a teacher, according to NZ On Screen.
New Zealand TV Weekly (1966-1969)
Published in Dunedin by the Otago Daily Times and Witness Newspapers Co, this weekly magazine ran from May 9, 1966 to Oct. 13, 1969. It was mix of articles, interviews and star profiles around TV shows of the day. Most of the material looks to be from the overseas studio media officers via the NZBC, but there were occasional reviews and opinion pieces from local writers and celebrities. As the Listener had the monopoly on full TV listings the best the Weekly could do was a recommended viewing list for shows each week.
Local content occasionally gets a mention on the cover but international offerings dominate the covers. Of most interest to the Kiwi TV fans is the weekly Channel Check feature which surveyed the goings on in the NZBC studios in the four main centres.
Correspondents for all the issues I've seen were John Spedding (Auckland), Hannah Templeton (Wellington), and Peter Greenslade (Christchurch). Alison Holst's recipe column featured alongside a weekly TV Knitting pattern, while Kevin Mills looked after the music scene. Issues from 1966 listed Maureen Broom as editor with Betty McKinnon as associate.
Mystery Drama mini series aired in NZ in 1987-1988??
Can anyone suggest that show this might have been? I can't think of any candidates...
I was hoping you may be able to help me solve a mystery from many years ago
Back in December 1987 I was travelling around New Zealand and I remember watching a miniseries and was upset at the time as I never saw the whole thing due to only being in NZ for 2 weeks.
Is there anywhere I can go to look for the details of this miniseries? Unfortunately I do not know what it was called but do remember some of the plot.
It was about an elderly tycoon who died with a large fortune. He had two daughters who thought they were going to inherit the fortune. However along came another daughter from another partnership and the two daughters were not impressed. They tried hard to scare her away and tried to kill her. The father had an island with a house and other houses. It was a drama and probably a little bit scary. I think one of the daughters had a mental health issue… I remember a skeleton in a house on the island which scared me (as a 17 year old)
I would love to know what it was called. It was a NZ miniseries and screened December 1987 / January 1988.
Any help appreciated.