This is Your Life back to reveal famous New Zealander

12 09 2008

Paul Henry honours another legendary Kiwi in the latest instalment of This Is Your Life.

The famous red book will be open again and another unsuspecting recipient will be surprised with the words “This Is Your Life”, before returning to TVNZ’s Auckland studios for the LIVE 90-minute television event.

Recipients are iconic New Zealanders who have made a significant contribution to the country. This Is Your Life looks behind their well-documented public stories, to reveal amusing anecdotes, interesting facts and personal insights.

Broadcast: Sunday 21 September 2008, 8:30pm on TV One


The 2008 New World International Netball series set for TV One

12 09 2008

ONE Sport will have exclusively LIVE coverage of the Silver Ferns playing arch-rivals Australia, in the second game of The 2008 New World International Netball Series, from the Vector Arena in Auckland. Host Toni Street will be joined by commentators Julie Coney, Jenny-May Coffin and Kiri Wills.

broadcast Saturday 20 September, starting 7:30 on TV One

Beijing Olympics TV Coverage Week one

31 07 2008

Let the Games begin! Geoff Bryan and Peter Williams will be presenting the 2008 Summer Olympics LIVE from Beijing.

Events to watch on TV ONE during the first week will include:

Saturday 9 August – Day One: highlights from the Opening Ceremony; Beach Volleyball; Women’s Basketball (NZ v Malawi); Cycling; Rowing heats (Men’s and Women’s Single Sculls, NZers Emma Twigg, Mahe Drysdale; Men’s and Women’s Pairs, NZers Juliette Haigh and Nicky Coles, George Bridgewater and Nathan Twaddle; Double Sculls, NZers Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell, Nathan Cohen and Rob Waddell; and the Men’s Fours); Swimming heats (Women’s 400m Individual Medley, NZer Helen Norfolk; and Men’s 100m Breaststroke, NZer Glenn Snyders); Women’s Football (NZ v Norway); and Sailing highlights from Day One.

Sunday 10 August – Day Two: Women’s Hockey (NZ v Japan); Swimming Finals; Beach Volleyball Prelims; Rowing heats; Cycling; Diving; Women’s Synchronised Swimming Final; Men’s Football (NZ v Brazil); and Swimming heats (Women’s 100m Backstroke, NZers Liz Coster, Melissa Ingram; and Men’s 4 x 100m Relay).

Monday 11 August – Day Three: Swimming Finals; Women’s Basketball (NZ v Spain); Equestrian (Cross-country, Team and Individual); Men’s Hockey (NZ v Korea); Rowing (Single Sculls Quarter-finals, NZers Emma Twigg, Mahe Drysdale); Swimming heats (Men’s 200m Butterfly, NZer Moss Burmester; and Women’s 200m Individual Medley, NZer Helen Norfolk).

Tuesday 12 August – Day Four: Swimming Finals; Gymnastics (Men’s Team Final); Weightlifting (Men’s 69kg, NZer Mark Spooner); Diving (Women’s 10m Plat); Synchronised Swimming Final; Rowing; Canoe/Kayak; Sailing highlights; Football; Equestrian (Team Eventing Jump Final); Women’s Hockey (NZ v Germany); Swimming heats (Men’s 200m Breaststroke, NZer Glenn Synders); and Women’s Football (NZ v USA).

Wednesday 13 August – Day Five: Swimming Final; Gymnastics (Women’s Team Final); Weightlifting (Men’s 77kg, NZer Richard Patterson); Cycling; Women’s Basketball (NZ v China); Men’s Hockey (NZ v Spain); Road Cycling; Rowing Semi-finals (Women’s Single Scull, Men’s Pairs, Men’s Fours, Men’s Double Sculls); Swimming heats (Men’s 200m Individual Medley, NZer Dean Kent); and Men’s Football (NZ v Belgium).

Thursday 14 August – Day Six: Swimming Finals; Gymnastics (Men’s Individual); Men’s Hockey (NZ v Spain); Rowing Finals; Canoe/Kayak (Women’s K1 Slalom, NZer Luuka Jones); Swimming heats (Men’s 100m Butterfly, NZer Moss Burmester; Women’s 200m Backstroke, NZer Melissa Ingram); and Hockey (NZ v Great Britain).

Friday 15 August – Day Seven: Track & Field (including Men’s 100m heats and Women’s 800m heats); Swimming; Women’s Basketball (NZ v Czech Republic); Gymnastics (Women’s Individual All-round Final); Track Cycling (Men’s Individual Pursuit, NZer Hayden Roulston; and Women’s Individual Pursuit, NZer Alison Shanks); and Track & Field (including Men’s 1500m heats, NZer Nick Willis; Women’s Discus, NZer Beatrice Faumuina; and Women’s 10,000m, NZer Kimberley Smith).

Maori Language captioning of key TV shows

22 07 2008

As part of TVNZ’s celebration of Māori Language Week, the broadcaster will be screening Māori Language subtitles on two of its highest rating programmes.

On Wednesday, Shortland Street on TV2 will be captioned in Māori, and on Saturday night Country Calendar on TV ONE will also feature Māori captioning.

In both cases, the captioning will be ‘open’ – meaning it will be visible to all viewers. In most English-language captioning the service is only visible through Teletext.

The Te Reo subtitles have been prepared by TVNZ’s captioning department, with assistance from staff at Waka Huia, the long-running specialist Māori language and culture programme.

Viewers will see and hear Te Reo on all TVNZ channels this week.

Continuity announcements are peppered with Maori words, alongside their English translations, and live programmes are featuring many more greetings and sign-offs in Maori.

Join up as contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

18 07 2008

The first New Zealand version of the globally popular quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is coming soon to TV ONE.

TVNZ is calling for contestants from around New Zealand to be on the show.
Those selected will be flown to the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? studios in Melbourne where the series will be recorded in front of a Kiwi audience and fronted by a New Zealand host (yet to be announced).

“TVNZ is thrilled and proud to bring Kiwi viewers the first New Zealand version of this phenomenally popular show,” says Andrew Shaw, TVNZ General Manager of Commissioning, Production & Acquisition.

“The opportunity to share the studio, set, lighting, computer system and production expertise of Channel 9 makes this New Zealand version possible,” says Shaw.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is the multi-award winning quiz format created by 2waytraffic. The show launched in the UK where it quickly became a ratings phenomenon. Since then the format has been licensed or optioned to every major territory in the world.

The format has unparalleled play-a-long-at-home appeal, with viewers either on the edge of their seats or with their head in their hands, hanging on to the contestant’s every answer.

To apply, go to and take the test.

More on Tony Veitch from TVNZ

10 07 2008

Television New Zealand has a review process underway regarding disclosures by sports presenter Tony Veitch.

TVNZ Chief Executive Rick Ellis said the review began on Monday but there were significant and complex matters around the issue that restricted what could be said publicly.

“We are giving the situation our most serious consideration, and Tony’s personal statement today will be taken into account by the review process,” he said.

“Violence is a major issue in New Zealand and the profile of our on air presenters is important to the public and to our organisation.”

Mr Ellis said TVNZ had had a number of conversations with Mr Veitch and his legal representatives since Monday.

The review process is being run by the Head of Television, the Head of Human Resources and the Head of News and Current Affairs.

Young Farmer Contest 2008

3 07 2008

Mark Leishman hosts the 28th televised Young Farmer Contest and this year the show is broadcast from Ashburton.

The National Bank Young Farmer Contest 2008 has scoured the country for New Zealand’s finest farming talent, finding seven of the country’s best regional farmers who are to compete against each other for this year’s title. Included in the show are edited highlights from the Technical and Practical Challenge Days.

TV One, Saturday 12th July, 9:30pm