Television broadcasting in New Zealand

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History[edit]

  • 1973 - The introduction of colour television in New Zealand
  • 1989 - New Zealand on Air is created.
  • 1990 -
    • TV3 was introduced and was almost immediately put into liquidation due to TV2 having the rights to the Commonwealth Games at the time.
    • Sky TV, the first pay TV model is introduced into New Zealand
  • 1991 - In 12 months, TV3 announced losses of $48 million NZD; double the forecast lost.
  • 2003 - The TVNZ Charter was introduced.
  • 2005 - MySky is introduced.
  • 2006 - Freeview, a digital free-to-air platform is introduced and backed by the Government.
  • 2007 -
    • TVNZ introduces TVNZ on demand.
    • TVNZ6 is created. Advertising free.

2003 TVNZ Charter[edit]

On March 1, 2003, TVNZ introduced a Charter[1] that applies to all parts of TVNZ free-to-air broadcasting operations

The Charter promised -

  • feature programming across all genres that informs, entertains and educates New Zealand audiences
  • strive always to set and maintain the highest standards of programme quality and editorial integrity
  • provide shared experiences that contribute to a sense of citizenship & national identity
  • ensure in its programmes and programme planning the participation of Maori & the presence of a significant Maori voice
  • programmes that cater for varied interests and age groups not generally catered for by other national television broadcasters
  • provide programmes of general appeal and for smaller audiences
  • extend range of experiences and ideas available to New Zealander's
  • play leading role in standards of quality programming
  • play leading role in meeting codes of broadcasting practice
  • support & promote the talents & creative resources of New Zealanders and of the independent film and TV industry.


  1. http://images.tvnz.co.nz/tvnz/pdf/tvnz_charter.pdf