Best Bits (New Zealand TV series)
Best Bits is a New Zealand comedy show, where a panel of comedians comment on video clips taken from television during the week prior. It is produced by The Down Low Concept, hosted by comedian Te Radar in the first series and ex-Seven Sharp presenter and comedian Jesse Mulligan in the second and third series; the first series premiered on TV One on 19 July 2013, ended on October 2013 with "Best Bits of Best Bits", an episode where highlights from the past series were revisited. The second series premiered on 26 March 2014, ended on 19 June 2014; the third series premiered on 26 February 2015, ended on 21 May 2015. The show is recorded in front of a live audience; each week the host, along with a recurring panel of four comedians, share brief video clips taken from television programmes and infomercials from both New Zealand and international broadcasters that were broadcast during the past week. The panelists make observations and jokes about what they have seen. Vaughan Smith Rhys Matthewson Heidi O'Loughlin Matt Heath Guy Montgomery Jackie van Beek Donna Brookbanks Rose Matafeo Shavaughn Ruakere Alexis Dubus Nick Gibb Sara Pascoe An Australian version of the format, Best Bits, will air from 29 March 2016 on the Seven Network
New Zealanders, colloquially known as Kiwis, are people associated with New Zealand, sharing a common history and language. People of various ethnicities and national origins are citizens of New Zealand, governed by its nationality law. Composed of the indigenous Māori, the ethnic makeup of the population has been dominated since the 19th century by New Zealanders of European descent of Scottish, English and Irish ancestry, with smaller percentages of other European ancestries such as German, Dutch and South Slavic. Today, the ethnic makeup of the New Zealand population is undergoing a process of change, with new waves of immigration, higher birth rates and increasing interracial marriage resulting in the New Zealand population of Māori, Pacific Islander and multiracial descent growing at a higher rate than those of European descent, with such groups projected to make up a larger proportion of the population in the future. New Zealand has an estimated resident population of around 4,885,300.
Over one million New Zealanders recorded. While most New Zealanders are resident in New Zealand, there is a significant diaspora, estimated at around 750,000. Of these, around 640,800 lived in Australia, equivalent to 13% of the domestic population of New Zealand. Other communities of New Zealanders abroad are predominantly concentrated in other English-speaking countries the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, with smaller numbers located elsewhere. Despite its multiethnic composition, the culture held in common by most New Zealanders can be referred to as mainstream New Zealand culture, a Western culture derived from the traditions of British and other Northern European colonists and immigrants, it includes influences of Māori culture. Large-scale immigration in the 20th and 21st centuries from Asia, such as Chinese and Indians, introduced a variety of elements; the table above shows the broad ethnic composition of the New Zealand population at the 1961 census compared to that from the most recent data of the 2013 census.
People of European descent constituted the majority of the 4.2 million people living in New Zealand, with 2,969,391 or 74.0% of the population in the 2013 New Zealand census. Those of full or part-Māori ancestry comprise 14.9% of New Zealanders. The residual "others" ethnic group consists of Asians and Pacific Islanders. Most European New Zealanders are of British and Irish ancestry, with smaller percentages of other European ancestries such as Germans, French, Dutch and South Slavs. In the 1961 census, over 90% self-identified as people of European descent; the Māori language loanword Pākehā has been used to refer to European New Zealanders, although others reject this appellation. The word Pākehā today is used to refer to all non-Polynesian New Zealanders; the first Europeans known to have reached New Zealand were Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman and his crew in 1642. Māori killed several of the crew and no more Europeans went to New Zealand until British explorer James Cook's voyage of 1768–71.
Cook reached New Zealand in 1769 and mapped the entire coastline. Following Cook, New Zealand was visited by numerous European and North American whaling and trading ships, they traded European food and goods metal tools and weapons, for Māori timber, food and water. On occasion, Europeans and Māori traded goods for sex. Becoming aware of the lawless nature of European settlement and of increasing French interest in the territory, the British government appointed James Busby as British Resident to New Zealand in 1832. Busby failed to bring law and order to European settlement, but did oversee the introduction of the first national flag on 20 March 1834, after an unregistered New Zealand ship was seized in Australia; the nebulous United Tribes of New Zealand in October 1835, sent the Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand to King William IV of the United Kingdom, asking him for protection. Ongoing unrest and the legal standing of the Declaration of Independence prompted the Colonial Office to send Captain William Hobson to New Zealand to claim sovereignty for the British Crown and negotiate a treaty with the Māori.
The Treaty of Waitangi was first signed in the Bay of Islands on 6 February 1840. The drafting was done hastily and confusion and disagreement continue to surround the translation; the Treaty however remains regarded as New Zealand's foundation as a nation and is revered by Māori as a guarantee of their rights. In response to New Zealand Company attempts to establish a separate colony in Wellington, French claims in Akaroa, now Lieutenant-Governor, declared British sovereignty over all of New Zealand on 21 May 1840; the two proclamations published in the New Zealand Advertiser and Bay Of Islands Gazette issue of 19 June 1840 "assert on the grounds of Discovery, the Sovereign Rights of Her Majesty over the Southern Islands of New Zealand called'The Middle Island' and'Stewart's Island'. The second proclamation expanded on how sovereignty over the "Northern Island" had been ceded under the treaty signed that February. Following the formalising of sovereignty, the organised and structured flow of migrants from Great Britain and Ireland began, by 1860 more than 100,000 British and Irish settlers lived throughout New Zealand.
The Otago Association recruited settlers from Scotland, creating a definite Sco
Margaret Mahy, ONZ was a New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. Many of her story plots have strong supernatural elements but her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up, she wrote 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories. At her death she was one of thirty writers to win the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her "lasting contribution to children's literature". Mahy won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject, both for The Haunting and for The Changeover, she was a commended runner up for Memory. Among her children's books, A Lion in the Meadow and The Seven Chinese Brothers and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate are considered national classics, her novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, Japanese and Afrikaans. In addition, some stories have been translated into Russian and Icelandic. Mahy was born in the eldest of five children.
She was raised in her birthplace of Whakatane. Her father, Frances George Mahy, was a bridge builder and told his children adventure stories which influenced Mahy's writing, her mother Helen Penlington was a teacher. She was regarded as a'slow learner', hated mathematics, her first published story was "Harry is Bad", written at age seven. She showed it to her class to let them know, she went to the local high school. Mahy completed her B. A. at Auckland University College and Canterbury University College, graduating in 1955. In 1956 she trained at Wellington as a librarian, she worked as a librarian in Petone, the School Library Service in Christchurch, in 1976 was appointed Children's Librarian at Canterbury Public Library. During this time many of her stories were published in the New Zealand Department of Education School Journal and her first book saw her become known internationally. A Lion in the Meadow was a School Journal story from 1965, it was published in 1969 by J. M. Dent in the U. K. and Franklin Watts in the U.
S. as a large-format picture book illustrated by Jenny Williams. In 1969, William Heinemann Ltd and Watts published another large-format picture book, The Dragon of an Ordinary Family with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury, who won the Greenaway Medal from the British librarians recognising the year's best illustrated children's book. There were three others in that same year. Mahy wrote several fantasy novels, including The Changeover. Mahy became a full-time writer in 1980, she went on to win numerous book awards and honours for her contributions to New Zealand and to children's literature. One was an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Canterbury. In 1985 she established the Margaret Mahy Fees Scholarship at the University of Canterbury. For her contributions to children's literature she was made a member of the Order of New Zealand; the Margaret Mahy Medal Award was established by the New Zealand Children's Book Foundation in 1991 to provide recognition of excellence in children's literature and literacy in New Zealand.
In March 2009 she was commemorated as one of the Twelve Local Heroes and a bronze bust of her was unveiled outside the Christchurch Arts Centre. In 2010 the adaptation of her book Kaitangata Twitch as a television series aired on Maori Television. Directed by Yvonne Mackay and produced by The Production Shed. TV, the series includes a cameo appearance by Margaret Mahy in a library scene. Mahy wrote 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories; the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award conferred by the International Board on Books for Young People is the highest recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children's books. Mahy received the writing award in 2006. Jury president Jeffrey Garrett wrote in the press release: In awarding the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Writing to Margaret Mahy, the jury has recognized one of the world's most original re-inventors of language. Mahy's language is rich in poetic imagery and supernatural elements, her oeuvre provides a vast, but intensely personal metaphorical arena for the expression and experience of childhood and adolescence.
Important, are her rhymes and poems for children. Mahy's works are known to young adults all over the world. Mahy won the Carnegie Medal in 1982 for The Haunting. In 1984 she won the medal again for The Changeover. In 2005 she won the Phoenix Prize for The Catalogue of the Universe; the Margaret Mahy Award, named for Mahy, is presented annually to "a person who has made a significant contribution to the broad field of children's literature and literacy". Mahy was the first recipient of the award in 1991. Lectures by the winners are published, the standard of, set by Mahy's inaugural lecture, Surprising Moments. In 2013, the top prize for young adult fiction at the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards was renamed the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award. In 2013, a playground based on her work was commissioned to be built in Christchurch's East Frame; some other awards: Italian Premier Grafico Award, The Wind Between the Stars, 1976 Dutch Silver Pencil Award, The Boy Who Was Followed Home, 1977 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2003, Alchemy Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement Phoenix Award, 2005, The Catalogue of the Universe
Orange Roughies is a New Zealand television drama created by Auckland-based film company Screenworks, the first season of, screened on TV ONE from May to July 2006. The second season was due to be shown some time between October 2006 and January 2007, but due to poor ratings the programme was taken off the air. An orange roughy, Hoplostethus atlanticus. is a type of fish. The show centres around four main characters who are members of an elite taskforce in Auckland combining police and customs officers. Despite being an elite force, they are, as their commander Ron Maddock remind them, under-resourced and under the hammer; because of this the Roughies have to make sure that they perform exceptionally well to avoid being canned, as they are, after all, an experiment. The Roughies are Detective Sergeant Danny Wilder, Senior Customs Officer Jane Durant, Detective Constable Zach Wiki and Noel Bullerton; each episode concerns a police or customs enquiry carried out by the taskforce of a high-risk nature.
The first episode deals with child trafficking from China. Jane decides to adopt one of the trafficked children, Tao Li, but several episodes Tao is taken back to China, leaving Jane once again childless. There is a romance that develops between Danny and Jane, culminating in a kiss discovered by Maddock; the first season ends with Jane being taken hostage by a homosexual Greek criminal and being shot in the stomach. It is uncertain. Danny kills him. Nicholas Coghlan plays Danny Wilder Zoe Naylor plays Jane Durrant Mark Ruka plays Zack Wiki Stephen Hall plays Ron Maddock Nick Kemplen plays Noel Bullerton. Nicole Whippy plays Donna Wiki, Zack's wife and a nurse at the local hospital Roy Snow plays Denis Fielding, Jane's flatmate Olivia James-Baird plays Sophie Wilder, Danny's daughter Sean Duffy plays Paul Grayson Blair Strang plays DS Sean Parkes Kimberley Ooi plays Tao Li Peter Daube plays David Chambers Stephen Butterworth plays George "Sugarplum" Economou Andrew Robertt plays Leo Sullivan Ingrid Park plays Helen Moore The soundtrack for Orange Roughies was composed by Don McGlashan, who wrote the music for Screenworks' other major television series, Street Legal.
However, the opening credits are accompanied by the song Long White Cross performed by an from Auckland band, Pluto. Orange Roughies was shot in the central business district of Auckland CBD. Locations included: police station with firearm storage - AUT University Design Building, Studio Entrance airport arrival hall - AUT University Administration Building foyer, Conference Centre airport Customs office - AUT University Administration Building, security control room cutaway scene at bus station - Britomart Terminus party on boat - City Viaduct, close to ferry terminal. Orange Roughies at TVNZ's website Orange Roughies on IMDb
Prime7 is an Australian television network owned by Prime Media Group Limited, an affiliate of the Seven Network. Prime Television launched on 17 March 1962 as CBN-8 in Orange, has since expanded to cover regional New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Prime7 along with GWN7 national broadcast facilities are based in Canberra, with playout facilities located at MediaHub Australia. Prime Media Group head office/administration is located in Sydney. Prime Television began as a group of separate stations and networks – Midstate Television in Orange and Griffith. CBN-8 Orange first aired on 17 March 1962, followed by CWN-6 Dubbo on 1 December 1965; the two stations were both licensed to Country Television Services. CWN was a full-time relay of CBN -- the first Australian television station; the two stations thus formed the country's first regional television network. Albury launched on 7 September 1964 while RVN-2 Wagga Wagga began broadcasting on 19 June 1964, MTN-9 Griffith began on 15 December 1965.
The two stations merged in 1971 as the Riverina and North East Victoria Television Service Pty Ltd with the callsign RVN/AMV on air. In northern New South Wales, NEN-9 Tamworth began transmission on 27 September 1965, with a relay in Armidale on 15 July 1966. ECN-8 Taree started on 27 May 1966. At one stage, ECN-8 was tied NRN-11 Coffs Harbour, however the two stations split. NEN merged with ECN as 9-8 Television; as a result of the financial difficulties that many independent stations faced, MTN-9 joined CWN-6 and CBN-8 to form Television 6-8-9 in 1973. Relays were launched in Portland, Mudgee, Cobar and Rylstone and Bathurst. In 1981, 6-8-9 changed its name to Midstate Television. Colour television was introduced at the same time as the rest of the country, on 1 March 1975 – one of the single most expensive processes undertaken by CBN to date; the station was a prominent broadcaster of local sporting events including rugby. In 1979, a documentary titled Goin' Down The Road, about the 1978 National Rodeo Titles won the network a Logie award for an'Outstanding Contribution by a Regional Station'.
Midstate produced a number of local programs, including the Weekend Report, Early Shift, Rural Roundup and Around the Schools. From 1968, CBN was able to access a Postmaster General's Department microwave link for national news bulletins and major events. Midstate Television was bought out by media magnate Paul Ramsay's Ramcorp Ltd. in October 1987. It was soon merged with Ramcorp's other stations, RVN/AMV and NEN/ECN. In 1988, Midstate Television was renamed Prime Television and began to show increased Seven Network programming in readiness for aggregation; when aggregation took place, Prime began broadcasting to both southern New South Wales and northern Victoria. Transmission problems meant that aggregation in southern New South Wales took place in two stages – first the Australian Capital Territory and NSW south coast on 31 March 1989, followed by Orange and Wagga Wagga on 31 December 1989; these changes led to the de-merger of RVN-AMV, with RVN becoming CBN-2. Griffith remained a one-station market, however instead of taking programming from Prime in line with the network's other stations, MTN-9 relayed programming from WIN Television in southern New South Wales.
A supplementary licence, AMN-31, was bid for by MTN in 1996, providing a relay of Prime Television. Soon after the station was purchased by WIN Television, which undertook a number of minor changes – changing the news service to WIN News, using WIN branding. AMN-31 remains a relay of Prime; the Mildura licence area remained separate from the remainder of Victoria, albeit with a single station, STV-8 bought out by WIN Television in 1996. In 1997 Prime was successful in bidding for a new licence for the area at a cost of $3.2 million. PTV-31 began broadcasting the following year. Although advertising revenue increased post-aggregation, local programming declined as a result of the costs incurred by the network's expansion – an estimated $45 million had been spent by Ramcorp during and in the lead-up to aggregation. After losses of $50 million, it was not until 1993 that the renamed Prime Television Limited posted a profit. Prime Television became the first commercial network in Australia to add a digital on-screen graphic to the network's broadcasts.
Starting in the early 90s, the first watermark consisted of the Prime text from the network's former circle logo, was located at the top right of the screen. The watermark was updated in 2001 to coincide with Prime's new logo, still shown at the top right of the screen; this continued until Prime Television's relaunch as Prime7 in 2011. The watermark is now seen like most TV network watermarks. In November 1996, Prime's parent company, Prime Television Limited, purchased the Golden West Network, a merged group of four stations in regional Western Australia. Western Australia, similar to Griffith and Mildura, remained a one-station commercial market until 1999 when GWN became a Seven Network affiliate, after WIN Television began transmission as an affiliate of both the Nine Network and Network Ten; the network began to expand into New Zealand in 1997, when a number of licences were purchased from United Christian Broadcasters for an estimated $3.6 million. Prime Television New Zealand began broadcasting on 30 August 1998, with a nightly local news program in both Waikato and Christchurch.
Prime expanded into Ar
TVNZ 1 is the first national television channel owned and operated by the state-owned broadcaster Television New Zealand. It was the first major television broadcaster in New Zealand, starting out from 1960 onwards as independent government operated facilities in the four main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin, began sharing programming between them all in real time in 1969, becoming NZBC TV; the collective group was renamed Television One in 1975 upon the break-up of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation, became a part of TVNZ in 1980 when Television One and South Pacific Television merged. The channel assumed its current name in October 2016. TVNZ 1 is both a commercial broadcaster. Central to TVNZ 1 is news and current affairs, produced under the banner 1 News Now. Other programming consists of drama, general entertainment and documentaries, both locally and internationally produced; the channel is broadcast on the government owned Kordia terrestrial network as well as on one of the two Kordia satellite transponders, included in channel packages on the Freeview and Sky platforms.
It is estimated that 98.6% of New Zealand households with a television have access to TVNZ 1. Over 50% of the channel's programming is local content. At 7:30pm on 1 June 1960, New Zealand's first television channel, AKTV2, started broadcasting in Auckland from the NZBC building at 74 Shortland Street used to broadcast public radio station 1YA and now home to The University of Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery. Owned and operated by the New Zealand Broadcasting Service, it broadcast for two hours a day, two days a week. Christchurch's CHTV3 followed in June 1961, Wellington's WNTV1 a month and Dunedin's DNTV2 on 31 July 1962; the numbers referred to the VHF Band I channel allocation that the main transmission was broadcast on: channel 1 in Wellington, channel 2 in Auckland and Dunedin, channel 3 in Christchurch. After these four stations were networked, TV One continued to broadcast on these frequencies until analogue switch-off in 2013. Television licences were introduced in August 1960 costing NZ£4.
Television advertisements began in April 1961 and were allowed only on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Relay stations expanded the four channels into regional New Zealand. AKTV2 was extended to Waikato and Tauranga in 1963 and to Whangarei in 1966. WNTV1 was extended to Manawatu and Wairarapa in 1963, to the Hawke's Bay in 1964, to Taranaki in 1966. DNTV2 was extended to South Otago and Southland in 1964, while CHTV3 was extended to South Canterbury in 1965. By 1965, 300,000 television licences had been issued, television was broadcasting seven nights a week; the four television facilities were unlinked, programming had to be shipped between stations. However, for urgent news video, it was possible to link the two stations in each island using Post Office Telephone Department coaxial toll lines at the expense of a number of voice channels; this method was too costly for the regular programming. The most notable example of the unlinked facilities was when the inter-island ferry TEV Wahine sank in Wellington Harbour on 10 April 1968 – newscasts of the disaster had to be transmitted over Post Office lines by WNTV1 to AKTV2 in Auckland.
However, due to the storm disrupting both shipping and flights for a further 24 hours, the first video of the sinking crossed Cook Strait via regular transmissions from WNTV1 and was received on a owned television set in Blenheim, at the top of the South Island some 80-kilometre line-of-sight distance from Wellington. A Blenheim-based news reporter's film camera was pointed at the television the exposed film was rushed by road to Christchurch and transmitted over CHTV3, concurrently sent further south to DNTV2 for transmission there via a coax cable link; this Blenheim film appears to be the only surviving footage of the first day, it shows part of the television set that the camera was pointed at. By the time of the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, the two islands were each network-capable via microwave link, but the link over Cook Strait had not been completed, there was no link between New Zealand and the outside world. Footage of the moon landing was recorded on video tape at the Australian Broadcasting Commission's ABN-2 in Sydney rushed by an RNZAF English Electric Canberra to Wellington and WNTV1.
To forward this to the South Island, the NZBC positioned one of its first outside broadcasting vans to beam the footage to a receiving dish across Cook Strait, from which it was forwarded through the commissioned South Island network. The link was completed that year, the first NZBC Network News transmitted on 3 November, read by newsreader Dougal Stevenson; the NZBC's microwave network between facilities was much ad-hoc. Due to a shortage of microwave links, the network was completed by "off air" hops, where a 100 kW regional transmitter was received and re-transmitted by another; the network news was made possible by switching inputs to the regional transmitters, so that a signal could be relayed across the country. For instance, the Te Aroha regional transmitter for Hamilton could be switched away from Auckland programming to relay off-air, the Wellington signal coming up the country. Auckland could see Wellington via Te
Nothing Trivial is a New Zealand comedy-drama television series, produced by South Pacific Pictures. The series is created by the duo of Gavin Strawhan and the co-creator of Outrageous Fortune, Rachel Lang; the pair, who created the shows Go Girls and This Is Not My Life, both write and executive produce the show. The series is set around five characters. All share the characteristic of being unlucky in love; the series began airing on TV One in July 2011 and the first episode had the highest number of viewers of any locally-made drama debut since 2000. Shane Cortese plays Mac Delany. Tandi Wright plays Catherine Duvall. Blair Strang plays Brian King. Nicole Whippy plays Michelle Hardcastle. Debbie Newby-Ward plays Emma Wedgewood. Will Hall plays Cory. Mark Mitchinson plays David Mannering. Michelle's therapist in season 3. Cortese said that the cast were friends before filming started. In November 2010 it was confirmed that the creators of Go Girls had created a new show and it may be airing on TV One.
In December 2010 funding was approved for the show and NZ on Air representatives were said to be excited. 6.9 million was given to the show for a 13 episode run. In March 2011 it was confirmed the show will air in the year and was described as. Blair Strang, Shane Cortese, Tandi Wright, Nicole Whippy and Debbie Newby-Ward were announced to be in the cast; the show made its debut in July 2011. On 10 October 2011 it was announced. On 13 March 2014, New Zealand on Air confirmed that they will help fund a two-hour telemovie to give fans closure; the show was met with critical acclaim. The show gained the record of the highest number of viewers of any locally-made drama debut since 2000. Deborah Hill Cone from the New Zealand Herald stated; the characters in Nothing Trivial come alive from the first episode. They seem like people you could know but, of course, wittier... It is a treat." While Simon Wilson agreed with the well structured writing, saying. The people are walking clusters of mistakes and they are trying to come to terms with that and deal with that.
The series will become a celebration of friendship. If you do that well, it makes charming television and they are so far doing it well." Melanie Parkes of Yahoo stated. You don't have to be interested in competitive quizzing to enjoy Nothing Trivial, although if you're a regular pub quizzer yourself, you'll find something pleasantly familiar about it."It was reported in August 2011 that pub quizzes were receiving a huge surge in popularity due to the success of Nothing Trivial