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Goodnight Kiwi (1976-94, 2007-)

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The Goodnight Kiwi, later also called TV Kiwi, is a character in an animated short which has been used to signal the end of nightly broadcasts on Television New Zealand channels.

The original version of the Goodnight Kiwi clip was used by South Pacific Television somewhere between 1976 and 1980 and saw the Goodnight Kiwi and his companion living in a television camera. At the end of the clip, the kiwi would close the side flaps on the camera and then the South Pacific Television logo would appear as the music faded out.

The more well known animation was originally played out before closedown on Television One and Television Two between 1981 with its last screening on October 19, 1994, before TV2 began 24-hour broadcasting.

The Goodnight Kiwi's companion is simply known as The Cat.

During transmission breakdowns, a still picture of the Goodnight Kiwi was often used, in poses including one of sweeping the floor and accidentally pulling out a power cord.

There has been a wide range of memorabilia  based on the characters:

TV Kiwi and the cat
stories by Lyn Williamson; illustrations by Madeline Beasley
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : TVNZ Enterprises: [1984]
ISBN: 0908690053 (pbk.) :$6.95

as well as soft toys and a puppet show based on the characters.

This animation returned on 6 September 2007 for use on TVNZ 6 when the channel ends transmission at midnight.


0 #1 Lonely Geek 2010-12-08 21:11
The Kiwi and the cat were back in a series of new commercials over the 2008-09 Xmas break, wishing viewers seasons greetings. - MikeT ( 24/01/09 10:30 )

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