2014: The budget signaled 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.
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.
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? ... Fast forward three years later and the answer seems to have been no.Write comment (0 Comments)
1969: First colour TV transmission in NZ
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Clyde Cunningham on left, Brian Cosnett on right.
The panel with the knobs is the CCU for an EMI2001 colour camera.
A temporary microwave link was set up to send the signal to Mt. KauKau transmitter site. Colour bars were transmitted for a few minutes but we didn't have a colour receiver to see the transmission.
The photo was taken by John Dagg.
Name the show - circa 1964?
Ex NZBC staffer Clyde Cunningham uploaded some marvellous footage taken in WNTV-1 studios, Waring Taylor Street, Wellington, circa 1964-65. Anyone care to name the talent show?
WNTV-1 people Clyde can identify are - Bas Tubert, Ron Pledger, John Hinton, Chas Bailey and Ian Cumming.Write comment (0 Comments)
Interviewed by Jacquelin Steincamp for The Listener August 11, 1984
It's much more than a new face. For 10 years Rodney Bryant, with his moustache and cavalier attitudes, dominated Christchurch's regional news programmes. Liz Grant, who first appeared on the [Mainland Touch] in April, has giant spectacles, an amazing grin -and a quickly developing rapport with all types of people and topics.
The tough TV critic on the Press, Ken Strongman, has already weakened to her style.
. . . calmly and graciously lifting the tone of The Mainland Touch, he wrote recently.
Liz Grant is still a little stunned that, from 60 applicants for the job, she was the one chosen.
Liz stood out with her vitality and freshness. She seemed so alive in contrast to the others, says Simon Williams, the programme's editor. A thoroughly modern woman, mother of two and married to Listener columnist A.K. Grant, Liz has an on-screen image of Dresden-china cheekiness, with a face that's dominated by That Smile and enormous, face-framing spectacles.
In spite of Grant's two years' TV experience on Beauty and the Beast, the new job is involving her in continuous on-the-job training in interviewing skills and in learning about the particular processes and techniques of a daily news programme.
She's fully aware that what appears on screen is only as good as the production team behind it. And her team forms a supportive liferaft for her - Simon Williams, director Rex Hayward, co-presenter John Dunne, writer Tony Moore, camera Operators, technicians, secretaries.
I can't say enough nice words about the way people have tried to make it easy for me and to take hassles out of my way so that I can concentrate on the fronting job. As I get better and more experienced, hopefully they won't have to do it so much, she says.
Grant hopes the programme will look more closely at problem topics, the types of issues that have received little coverage in the past.
We've already started by focusing on the local drug problem. Allannah James is doing a series on alcohol. Instead of presenting a pretty picture of the Garden City with all its English connotations, we should be showing the multi-cultural centre that Christchurch is becoming.
Grant's yearning for diversity is a reflection of her varied background. Born in Yorkshire in 1949, much of her childhood was spent in Tanzania where her father was a colonial policeman. With Serengeti National Park as part of his territory, some of Grant's most enduring memories are of nature at its most magnificent, and people at their most varied.
Secondary schooling at Rangi Ruru, a Presbyterian girls' school in Christchurch, and a VSA teaching assignment in Tonga further sensitised Grant to the variety and dignity of differing peoples.
Liz Grant has the distinction of having been sacked from radio announcing in the late 60s. She went no further than the probationary level, and never really knew what lay behind her dismissal.
They did tell me that wearing Spectacles made me unsuitable as a radio interviewer. The idea was that the spectacles reduced eye contact, she said.
It was a low period. University seemed the only place to go, so Grant threw herself into an arts degree. But the stop/start style of many women's lives was to be hers also for along came Allen, with marriage in 1973.
The degree, achieved on a part-time basis with three years off for motherhood, was completed in 1982. During this time she kept her hand in with slots on Sunday Suppliment and Community Comment.
The Grants live in an agreeable old red painted housed in inner Papanui, together with daughters Isla (nine) and Laura (seven). Family life would be frenetic, with Liz working from noon until 8pm five nights a week, were not Allan often at home, writing Listener columns and TV scripts.
It's also fortunate he's a good cook and enjoys cooking, she says.
At home Grant exudes a friendliness. She jogs a lot. Doesn't much enjoy cooking. Likes simple entertaining - and people. She smokes failty heavily and castigates herself for doing so.
I'm always trying to give it up, she says.
It doesn't make me feel good and my chest gets quite tight.
She describes herself as
a serious person with a touch of childish madness. She claims to be tolerant, but (like many of the tolerant) is most angered by those who are intolerant.
The extreme chauvinist or the extreme feminist...people who try to dominate others, whose egos impinge on others...those are the people I really can't relate to, she says.
New Zealand TV Weekly (1966-1969)
New Zealand's only all-Television magazine bringing you news, exclusive articles and pictures of the shows you watch and the people who star in them.
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 contained a mix of articles, interviews and star profiles focused on the TV shows of the day. Most of the material looks to have come 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 of select shows each week.
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.
Local content occasionally got a mention 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. Regional correspondents in the issues I've seen were John Spedding (Auckland), Hannah Templeton (Wellington), and Peter Greenslade (Christchurch).
From the final issue, October 13, 1969
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Our final issueWith this issue TV Weekly ceases publication. Declining circulation coupled with rising production costs are the major factors compelling us to make this decision.
Our inability to obtain detailed weekly programme listings from the NZBC weighed heavily against our chances of success from the start.
However. since its first issue appeared on May 9 1966, the magazine has been favoured with a full measure of co-operation from many New Zealand writers and commentators, overseas studios, TV production houses, on occasions from many of the TV stars themselves. New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation staff in all four channels. and the corporation's head office personnel have extended assistance readily on most aspects of local TV production. Our own representatives in London have ensured that the magazine was both topical and highly readable. Without this widespread willingness to co-operate our task in providing the content of a weekly publication would have been impossible. Our gratitude for so much help from so many quarters is sincere.
Many thousands of readers in every age group offered their forthright opinions. words of praise, and suggestions. wrote more Telpost letters than we could ever hope to publish, and helped us maintain a lively approach to TV in this country.
Our participation in the New Zealand TV scene has been brief. May it be remembered as having been worthwhile for the medium itself. those who control its destinies. and those who form a critical. but basically appreciative audience.
Mystery Drama mini series aired in NZ in 1987-1988??
Can anyone suggest that show this might have been? Sounds like McLeod's Daughters I can't think of any New Zealand candidates...
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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.