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TVNZ 1 Urges Kiwis to Share Their Treasures

TVNZ 1 has announced a new series about unearthing “national treasures” will premiere next year. It’s inviting the public to submit photos of historical objects that could make the cut for a nationwide roadshow. Here’s the media release: Scotty and Stacey Morrison kick off search to find NZ’s National Treasures Te Karere presenter, Scotty Morrison […]

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The Luminaries to Light Up TVNZ 1 in May

Expect Eleanor Catton’s adaptation of her award-winning novel The Luminaries to premiere next month on TVNZ 1. The TVNZ/BBC commission was pencilled in for April but, presumably because of scheduling issues in the UK, is now due to air in May. No doubt it will air 8.30 Sundays on TVNZ 1, where the network’s been […]

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Paradise Soldiers Reveals Cook Islanders’ Sacrifice

One of NZ’s pioneering ’80s new wave filmmakers is behind an ANZAC Day documentary that sheds light on a “largely untold” aspect of Kiwis at war. TVNZ 1 will premiere Paradise Soldiers, which David (Death Warmed Up) Blyth directed, 8.55am on Saturday. Reads the blurb: As far back as World War One, through Vietnam and up […]

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TVNZ 1 Revamps COVID-19 Schedule

TVNZ 1 has axed its Easter weekend broadcasts of Breakfast and Seven Sharp but is retaining the Easter Sunday edition of Q + A With Jack Tame. The network has revised its schedule as part of a ‘new normal’ for its COVID-19 coverage. Since the lockdown, its programming has been upended by 1 News coverage of […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Black Hands Cast Announced

TVNZ 1 announced this morning that Joel Tobeck (Westside, Sons of Anarchy) will play David Bain’s father in the dramatisation of the Bain family murders while newcomer Richard Crouchley has been cast as his son, David. Here’s the media release: CAST ANNOUNCED FOR TVNZ’S BAIN FAMILY DRAMA “BLACK HANDS” Joel Tobeck (Westside, Sons of Anarchy), […]

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TVNZ 1 Pre-empts Fair Go for Firefighters’ Cause

TVNZ 1 is delaying the 2020 season premiere of Fair Go to screen highlights of a concert honouring Australia’s firefighters. A Concert For Australia: Fire Fight will air from 7.30-9.05 on February 17, pre-empting not only the consumer watchdog but also new episodes of Highway Cops and Border Security. [Update: TVNZ OnDemand will stream the concert from 3pm on […]

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TVNZ 1 Bags Harry and Meghan Doco

TVNZ 1 will dump next Wednesday’s Extreme Cake Makers and Location Location Location to premiere Harry & Meghan: A Royal Crisis?. Reads the blurb: “Following the announcement of the royal couple withdrawing from senior duties, we look at the extent of the repercussions this decision will have on the House of Windsor in the coming months.” […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Sky-TVNZ 2020 Pact

In a surprise move, Sky has announced TVNZ will be its free-to-air partner for the 2020 Olympic Games rather than its own FTA channel, Prime. The TVNZ service will include live streaming on TVNZ On Demand. Here’s the full release: Sky and TVNZ partner to deliver the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020  Sky has today confirmed TVNZ as its free-to-air […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: TVNZ’s New Season Launch

   TVNZ tonight announced its 2020 highlights, including a new multi-year BBC deal for wildlife documentary series and OnDemand exclusives like The Dead Lands, Glow Up and Doctor Who. Many of the local series already have been announced through NZ On Air funding rounds (One Lane Bridge, Black Hands) or co-pros (The Luminaries), but among the […]

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TVNZ 1 to Air All Blacks Match Post-Spark

TVNZ 1 will air Friday’s Rugby World Cup bronze medal match between NZ and Wales an hour after it’s kicked off on Spark Sport. It will screen from 10.00, pre-empting 1 News Tonight, Project Blue Book and Te Karere. Originally, Spark hadn’t allocated TVNZ the right to screen the Bronze Final, but that was before […]

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