One News audience growth continues

7 05 2008

ONE News at 6pm has recorded its sixth consecutive month of year-on-year growth. This April, ONE News increased its audience by 10,400 viewers in the target 25-54 demographic compared with April 2007.

ONE News also grew its younger viewership in this period, adding 20,900 viewers in the 18-49 demographic, and 10,600 viewers in the 18-24 demographic, compared with April 2007.

The average audience for ONE News at 6pm in April 2008 was 611,700 viewers (5+ demographic), 53% larger than the 400,200 viewers that watched TV3’s 6pm bulletin in the same period.

ONE News bulletins are watched by one in three New Zealanders, with an average of 1,246,000 individual viewers tuning in to one or more editions of ONE News every day. TV3’s news bulletins are watched by 932,800 individual viewers each day.

Close Up continued to be the 7pm current affairs programme of choice for New Zealanders in April. Close Up was watched by an average audience of 494,300 during April 2008 (5+ demographic), compared with Campbell Live’s audience of 231,800. In April, Close Up had an average 25-54 audience of 158,100 viewers (43,400 more than Campbell Live) and an average 18-49 audience of 130,800 viewers (10,200 more than those watching TV3).

*All ratings data sourced from AGB Nielsen


TVNZ 7 launched on Freeview

30 03 2008

TVNZ 7, TVNZ’s second digital-only public service television channel, started broadcasting at midday today on Freeview.

The channel launched with The Kingmaker Debate, a live political debate in Parliament between the minor party leaders.

TVNZ 7 is New Zealand’s first local factual channel, featuring 30 percent news content, as well as documentaries, current affairs programmes, and commentary shows.

The new channel represents a major milestone in the evolution of TVNZ as New Zealand’s public service broadcaster.

TVNZ CEO Rick Ellis says that TVNZ 7 allows TVNZ to fulfill its public service broadcasting remit in ways that are not possible on TV ONE and TV2 alone.

“These channels are advertising-free, so we can show more diverse local public service type programmes in prime time. In an increasingly globalised world, local content has never been so important to help promote and foster New Zealand’s national identity,” says Ellis.

70 percent of TVNZ 7’s programmes are locally produced, with 40 percent specifically made for the channel.

“TVNZ 7’s programmes express the diversity of voices that make up our nation. We believe that by helping all New Zealanders understand the breadth and richness of our country, we strengthen our shared identity as New Zealanders,” says Ellis.

TVNZ has commissioned programmes for TVNZ 7, including Back Benches, a political commentary show hosted by Wallace Chapman, and Media7, a media review and commentary show hosted by Russell Brown. The news on TVNZ 7 comprises TVNZ News Now, 10-minute bulletins on the hour every hour, TVNZ News at 8, an hour-long news bulletin at 8pm every night.

The channel will also feature special events like The Kingmaker Debate.

48 Hour showcase weekend for Sky digital subscribers

17 03 2008

Any SKY digital residential subscriber can view Rialto Channel’s 48 HOUR SHOWCASE on the weekend of April 12 and April 13.

From midnight on Friday April 11, a compelling range of feature films, documentaries, and short films can be viewed by Sky digital subscribers for 48 hours, including the exclusive television premiere screening of:


In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Viewers can immerse themselves in the highest calibre of films, documentaries and short films including THE SHIPPING NEWS starring Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore and Judi Dench, and Pedro Almodovar’s classic VOLVER, starring Penelope Cruz. Neil Jordan’s dramatic THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY and the French thriller 36 QUAI DES ORFEVRES starring Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil will also feature.

Must-see documentaries showing include TO BE AND TO HAVE, the French documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students are educated by one dedicated teacher, and BLIND SPOT: HITLER’S SECRETARY featuring interview footage with Traudl Junge, one of Hitler’s personal secretaries during World War II.

For the entire weekend of April 12 and April 13, Sky digital subscribers can get a taste of the depth of what Rialto Channel offers throughout the year!

Trailers are available to view on-line –

About Rialto Channel

Rialto Channel will celebrate its 8th anniversary in November 2007. The channel has evolved from a niche art house film channel to New Zealand’s premiere independent film and entertainment channel.

Rialto Channel showcases high quality British drama and comedy, unique independent and art house film, and compelling and informative documentary and entertainment programming.

For further information on Rialto Channel movies, documentary and entertainment programming, please visit Rialto Channel web site at

New Series of International Documentaries on Maori TV

22 02 2008

Maori Television’s International Documentary slot, Pakipumeka o te Ao, screens every Tuesday at 8.30 PM. It features critically-acclaimed and award-winning works from celebrated filmmakers from throughout the world, highlighting unique and contemporary themes with a focus on people and popular culture. Upcoming documentaries include:

CLOTH OF THE GODS – Tuesday March 18 at 8.30 PM: As recently as 150 years ago, when a Fijian chief died, his wives were strangled with a sacred fabric called tapa cloth and it’s still widely used for all ceremonial occasions including birthdays and funerals. This documentary takes the viewer from the harvesting of the mulberry tree to a village near Suva where some of the best designers and printers create the richly patterned fabric. Each pattern and piece of cloth tells a specific story. This is the tale of a unique and ancient artform which resists modernisation and helps Fijians connect with their past.

OUR SMALL WORLD – Tuesday March 25 at 8.30 PM: Life on the tiny atolls of Tokelau, tucked just beneath the equator, is precarious. There is no airstrip, no harbour, not even a safe anchorage. The greatest challenge the Tokelauans face is the same confronted by all Pacific islanders. How to give their children a good education without losing them to the outside world? This programme looks at how a community tries to keep up with the 21st century, without abandoning the traditions that make them who they are.

NEXT WAVE: THE SCIENCE OF TSUNAMIS – Tuesday April 1 at 8.30 PM: Most Pacific Rim countries participate in an advanced tsunami warning system – but when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami struck, no such system existed for that region. This documentary recounts the events of the disaster and explores the potential for more occurrences like it including scenarios involving vast destruction in the United States. Following a country-by-country breakdown of the 2004 tragedy, it explores how landslides can cause tsunamis of almost unimaginable power, how such a collapse in the Canary Islands could swamp America’s East Coast, and how a truly global tsunami warning system might be established.

THE LORD OF TUMUC HUMAC – Tuesday April 8 at 8.30 PM: Located in the heart of the Amazonian forest, the hilly Tumuc Humac region has restricted access and no-one is supposed to live there. But according to local Indian legends, people used to inhabit these mountains. The area is sacred because it was the home of Kailawa, a powerful warrior and shaman who gave birth to his own tribe: the Wayanas. This amazing scientific adventure takes the viewer to the very heart of one of the most incredible and fascinating Amazonian legends.

THE GIRL WITH X-RAY EYES – Tuesday April 15 at 8.30 PM: Four years ago, Natasha Demkina, a young girl living in Saransk, Russia, began to receive a lot of media attention. It began with an article in Pravda which hailed her as the ‘Girl with X-ray Vision’. Natasha apparently possessed the unusual ability to peer through human flesh and spot diseases and injuries that lurked unseen within people’s bodies. Or, at least, this is what Pravda claimed. It didn’t take long for other media to catch onto the story. Does Natasha really have x-ray eyes?

BLACK SOLDIER BLUES – Tuesday April 22 at 8.30 PM: When America established its Pacific base in Australia, the country’s Prime Minister warmly welcomed the thousands of GIs stationed there – except for the black GIs who were told to stay on their boats. When they were finally allowed to come ashore, they soon discovered their greatest threat was the enemy within. This documentary is a World War Two story with a difference. Told by the American and Australian veterans who were there, it is a tale of unexpected friendships and danger in a land with a government whose policy was to keep Australia ‘white’.

MAID IN AMERICA – Tuesday April 29 at 8.30 PM: They clean other people’s homes and raise other families’ children – often leaving their own families behind. This documentary offers an intimate look into the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies in the USA. It’s a rare view into what is becoming an increasingly common scenario and is an insight into the immigrant experience, labour issues and contemporary Latino culture.

WORLD OF AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE – Tuesday May 6 at 8.30 PM: The beauty, artistry, athleticism and competition of Native American dance are illustrated dramatically in this documentary highlighting the many dance styles incorporated into the culture from various Native American tribes and nations. Join actor Peter Coyote as he explores the meanings and origins of American Indian Dance, and learn how it has fortified and sustained the survival of this race. While having a powerful influence on US/Indian relationships, the dance demonstrates the ancient as well as the new struggles between intertribal cultures, progress, tradition, spirituality and commerce.

THIS IS WHERE MY DOG IS BURIED – Tuesday May 13 at 8.30 PM: On the dawn of June 4, 1989, an Israeli patrol on the Lebabon-Israel border was ambushed by a Palestinian squad. By the end of the clash, lasting just 12 minutes, three Palestinians were shot dead along with the Bedouin scout of the Israeli patrol. The Israeli patrol commander Nir Keinan was injured. This is a road movie, describing in a very personal way, the events that led director Nir Keinan to the moment where he had to chose between killing or being killed.

All documentaries carry English subtitles where required. Maori Television’s International Documentary slot, Pakipumeka o te Ao, screens every Tuesday at 8.30 PM.

New Maori Language TV channel to launch in March 2008

12 02 2008

March 2008 will be a milestone for Māori Television in more ways than one. As well as hosting the first ever World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Conference, New Zealand’s national indigenous broadcaster will launch a new channel entirely in the Māori language at the conference gala dinner on Friday March 28, 2008.

The event will also mark Māori Television’s fourth birthday. Broadcasters, leaders and influencers from throughout the world will come together to re-imagine the future of indigenous television at the three-day conference.

Maori Carving Commissioned for Waitangi Day

22 01 2008

New Zealand’s national indigenous broadcaster, Maori Television, has commissioned a major carving project on the billboard site of its Auckland headquarters in the lead-up to the channel’s special Waitangi Day programming on Wednesday February 6 2008.

Maori artist Blaine Te Rito (Kahungunu, Ngapuhi, Ngati Waiora) and British woodcarver Mike Davies – both acknowledged experts in their fields – are collaborating on a carved artwork at the Newmarket studio site in the three weeks leading up to New Zealand’s national day. A crew will film the project for a reality-style piece to screen during the Waitangi Day broadcast.

A webcam will operate so people can watch the carvers at work via the website New Zealanders at home and abroad can also go to the website to upload their own written and video messages for the broadcast recording their thoughts on Waitangi and what it means to be a citizen of New Zealand.

Maori Television chief executive Jim Mather says the aim of the carving project is to create a new legacy for Waitangi Day, inspiring celebration and building nationhood. “The carving will celebrate the spirit of partnership using simplistic symbols to identify the Maori and Pakeha cultures moving forward into the future,” Mr Mather says.

KOTAHI TE RA: WAITANGI 2008 – beginning at 9.00 AM and ending at 9.00 PM – will also include reports from key Waitangi Day events at home and abroad as well as news, views, interviews, discussions, documentaries, entertainment and historical highlights.

For the second year in a row, Julian Wilcox will anchor the live-to-air broadcast from commemorations at the birthplace of the Treaty of Waitangi in the Bay of Islands while veteran broadcaster Tainui Stephens and media personality Stacey Morrison will co-present the special show from the channel’s Auckland studio.

For unprecedented coverage of New Zealand’s national day, tune into Maori Television for KOTAHI TE RA: WAITANGI 2008 – on Wednesday February 6 2008 from 9.00 AM to 9.00 PM.

Christmas present for Shortland Street fans

12 12 2007

TVNZ and South Pacific Pictures are giving Shortland Street fans a present this Christmas – the biggest week in Shortland Street history free of charge on TVNZ ondemand.

In the lead up to discover the identity of the Shortland Street killer, this week’s episodes of New Zealand’s favourite local drama are not to be missed. Now fans have the chance to see the final week again on TVNZ ondemand.

TVNZ’s Head of Emerging Business, Jason Paris, says that the free catch-up episodes from TVNZ ondemand will reward the show’s loyal fan base.

“The dramatic storyline has had viewers hooked. Shortland Street’s TV ratings have gone through the roof.

“We’ve also had extra Shortland Street offerings available online  secret episodes, as well as Behind the Scenes specials, to help viewers get their Shortland Street fix. This has led to unprecedented traffic to the Shortland Street site at  the number of unique users has increased by over 500 per cent.

“So we’ve decided to reward Shortie followers with free catch-up streams from”

Head of South Pacific Pictures, John Barnett, is delighted to give Shortland Street fans something extra this Christmas.

“At this time of year it’s often hard for viewers to see Shortland Street every night, so it’s fantastic for them that they don’t have to miss out  they can get online and catch up. And they’re getting the thrilling final week for free  even better!”

Paris says that this most recent Shortland Street offering underscores the importance of TVNZ’s partnerships with the production industry.

“Our relationships with South Pacific Pictures, and their support, make it possible for New Zealanders to watch Shortland Street wherever, and whenever, they want to.”

This week’s episodes of Shortland Street play each night on TV2 at 7pm. Each episode will be available on after its first play, and all summer long until the new season of Shortland Street returns in mid January.