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.
Budget 2014: Better access to NZ's TV heritage?
Seems the NZ Government think things need fixing at the TVNZ archive, with plans to transfer guardianship of the archive from TVNZ to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage on 1 August, with the archive managed on a day-to-day basis by the New Zealand Film Archive.
Anyone know the driver behind this - is the Kiwi population up in arms about lack of access, or has TVNZ gotten bored with having to look after the archive, ownership of which was gifted to the SOE without much thought to the idea of it having been a public resource, not a commercial cash cow? There's been no great avalanche of archival material becoming available in the wake to the changes to clearance arrangements several years ago, so will this move make any real difference? Comments please!
The Press Release:
The TVNZ archive, including over 500,000 hours of original New Zealand television, is set to become much more accessible, Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss and Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne say.
The Government is in negotiations to transfer guardianship of the archive from TVNZ to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage on 1 August. It will be managed on a day-to-day basis by the New Zealand Film Archive.
Mr Foss says the Government has set aside $11.3 million capital from the Future Investment Fund and $5.1 million operating funding over four years to purchase and make necessary improvements to the purpose-built archive facility.
In addition, the Government has allocated $8 million operating funding over four years for ongoing management of the archive.
“In keeping with the Government's commitment to provide better public services, this archive contains a unique record of life in New Zealand. It includes news bulletins, current affairs shows, documentaries and classic programmes such as It’s In The Bag, Country Calendar, Play School and Hudson & Halls. The Government is committed to preserving these programmes and making them accessible to all New Zealanders,” Mr Foss says.
"The facility will allow New Zealanders to access greater levels of audio-visual content online. This is great news for teachers, researchers and anyone interested in New Zealand's television heritage and ensures the legacy of New Zealand’s finest, locally-produced television programmes,” Mr Dunne says.
Ownership of the land and archive buildings will pass to the Department of Internal Affairs.
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
From the Heartland website:
Is there a classic piece of New Zealand TV History you'd like to
see? Email Damian on
with as much information as
you can give to help us find it.