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Why we should save TVNZ7

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, May 16th, 2012 - 36 comments
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TVNZ7, in its current form, will stop broadcasting on the 30th of June and will be changed to a plus one channel along the same lines as TV3 Plus One. Now I don’t know about you, but I could live without seeing another repeat of Come Dine with Me.

I believe that TVNZ7 offers high quality, educational programmes and documentaries that benefit those who watch them and it even has an online learning hub. Not everyone can afford to pay for their television viewing and being free makes these educational benefits accessible to everyone.

Not enough people know that TVNZ7 exists. One of the problems is that in promoting TVNZ7, TVNZ would risk taking viewers away from its commercial stations. Despite the lack of promotion, TVNZ7 has 1.4 million viewers that is approximately a third of the population of New Zealand. The amount of viewers for Freeview will increase when New Zealand television goes digital in 2013 and it stands to reason that the increase would also be for TVNZ7.

Clare Curran has written a private member’s bill which addresses the conflict between TVNZ running channels on a commercial basis with running TVNZ7 as a public service channel by having TVNZ7 run by an independent Public Broadcasting Foundation. One of the jobs of this foundation will be to provide “a diverse range of programmes that reflects and develops New Zealand’s culture and identity on a broad basis and recognises the diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, and interests within New Zealand society.” Curran’s bill also ensures that TVNZ7 will receive government funding and continued access to TVNZ facilities. We need as much public support as we can if this bill is to succeed in passing.

You can help to save TVNZ7 by writing to the Minister of Broadcasting, Craig Foss, your local MP, signing the online petition: http://issues.co.nz/savetvnz7/Sign+The+Petition , and attending one of the nationwide Save TVNZ7 public meetings:

• Auckland Tuesday the 15th of May 7-9pm, at Freemans Bay Community Centre.
• Wellington Monday the 21st of May 7pm, Welesley Church Hall, Taranaki St.
• Nelson Friday the 25th of May 6pm, Trafalgar Pavillion Hall.
• Christchurch Monday the 28th of May 7pm, TBC.
• Palmeston North Wednesday the 6th of June 7pm, All Saints Church Hall, Corner The Square and Church Street.
• Dunedin Thursday the 7th of June 6:00-8:00pm, Barnett Theatre, Great King Street.

Watch TVNZ7 while you still can on Freeview 7 or Sky 77 before it’s too late and spread the word!

36 comments on “Why we should save TVNZ7 ”

  1. vto 1

    It is completely obvious that Nat types have never liked all that hi-falutin’ stuff.

    They can’t understand it and that threatens them.

  2. I never watched TVNZ 7 admittedly (I try to watch as little TV as I can) but WTF use is a repeat channel of the garbage they put on TV1?

  3. True Freedom is Self-Governance 3

    “Now I don’t know about you, but I could live without seeing another repeat of Come Dine with Me.” That pretty much sums it up for me. I’m considering getting rid of my TV altogether if 7 really does finish broadcasting.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    I do without TV as it’s all crap and lies. TVNZ7 had me considering buying one but, as it’s now being closed down, I won’t.

  5. vto 5

    If tv1+1 is a sound proposition in that it maketh some dosh, then what about also doing a tv1+1+1? And so on…

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      Ooo, I know, TV from the beginning broadcast in it’s original time slot with it’s own accessory +1 channel. You’d be able to catch all those great shows that you missed (because you weren’t born ATT).

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.2

      Its called ‘repeats’. Same show different time

      • insider 5.2.1

        TVNZ7 was full of them. They ran the same programmes (often 10 year old science education ones) over and over and over again in a week, then repeated them months later.

        TVNZ has huge spaces overnight and mid morning when they run BBC world service, very poor films and sitcoms, and advertising the latest can’t live without gimmick. Some TVNZ7 material could go there and so be easily accessible via PVRs.

        • Jackal 5.2.1.1

          What I don’t understand is why Parliament TV broadcasts 24/7 when they’re only sitting for a few days a month. TVNZ7 could pretty much drop a couple of repeats and run when parliament isn’t sitting to save some channel fees. Anybody who watches TV should consider what has been replacing our public braodcasting channels (old American sitcoms, repeats and more infomercials). A dumbed down society due to a lack of foreign news and local content isn’t what New Zealand needs to achieve that elusive brighter future National likes talking about.

          • insider 5.2.1.1.1

            I don’t think it does ‘broadcast’ as in running old debates. Most of the time it is just a green screen when Parliament is not sitting. The old stratos channel is free as are a few others.

            But while I don’t disagree with you, I don’t think it is channel availability that is the problem. I think the real issue is and has always been TVNZ. They don’t care about it and have no motivation to maintain it, so they are hardly going to bother suggesting alternatives to save 7 as that could reduce funds from NZOA etc they might want to bid for.

            • Jackal 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Parliament TV is broadcasting 24/7, with a little message of when the house next sits and usually a jazz tune… so if they were really concerned about saving money, they would amalgamate services. You’re right though… it’s more about TVNZ not caring. But it’s also about National being in bed with SkyTV, who see Freeview as direct competition.

              Here’s a good article on the subject by David Beatson:

              Right now, SKY has Freeview nailed in terms of the diversity of choice offered to viewers. Only 11 of the 23 channels carried by Freeview are available on both its satellite and terrestrial services. All 11 are carried by SKY and two of the 11 are the same channel, running an hour later (ONE+1 and TV3+1). Nine Freeview channels are only available to its terrestrial service users – eight of them are only available in particular parts of New Zealand, while the other (Trackside) is also available on SKY. Three are only available on Freeview’s satellite service, and all three [Cue, Shine and Te Reo)are also carried by SKY.

              Freeview lacks a strong and distinctive core to its offering to capture and hold a lead over its pay-to-view rival SKY Television. That’s something that an exclusive public service channel could have provided.

  6. tc 6

    And with SBS removing the link across to the Optus D1 satellite (where digital freeview is) those with boxes that received their 4 channels just had 75%+ of the shows most watched removed.

    Public Broadcasting takes independance both financially and politically which are evil concepts to the NACT who want control directly or by a process of eliminating the unwanted voices.

    I thought TVNZ7 isn’t worth saving as it’ll still have the same issues….being part of TVNZ.

    • insider 6.1

      bugger I was thinking of getting one of those decoders for SBS and ABC cricket.

      • tc 6.1.1

        Yup sucks as since 1/5 we’ve realised how shite freeview is as all the quality doco’s/foodie/news not to mention excellent football coverage is now gone. Their coverage of WC 2010 was excellent and I was looking forward to Euro 2012.

  7. Ant 7

    TVNZ 7’s scheduling was horrid so I barely watched it as a regular TV channel, just caught that programming on demand.

    Maybe Maori TV can pick up a couple of the better shows if they aren’t locked to TVNZ

  8. fatty 8

    I think we should all agree to give up on TV…just use the net, its cheaper and easier to produce shows.
    The programmes I want to see on TV are not applicable to the market, and we should stop trying to fit them into a capitalist paradigm. TVNZ7 won’t work until we get a government that wants true state broadcasting. The Lab/Nact ideology of market based performance is suppressing NZ’s creativity. The little Arts funding that the Govt does give should be channeled into internet broadcasting if we want to make the most of it.
    Sell all the Govt owned TV channels then tax the hell out of them, then set up Internet-TVNZ and put the money into grass-roots programming.
    New Zealand TV has been shit for a number of years now, we should stop deluding ourselves by thinking that a few Kiwi made programmes make TVNZ7 a worthwhile venture. This is not to say that TVNZ is a waste, but it is a waste of money/resources…We could create many more quality programmes if TVNZ was built on the internet.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      I think we should all agree to give up on TV…just use the net, its cheaper and easier to produce shows.

      Actually, the net is more expensive as it takes more equipment and individual bandwidth than a broadcast. Of course, our telecommunications are getting up to that standard any way now that the government has started paying the private sector to update from what the state owned Telecom put in.

      We could create many more quality programmes if TVNZ was built on the internet.

      It’s more that we could produce more and better programs/films if we supported our creative people rather than Warner Bros.

    • Campbell Larsen 8.2

      fatty: “just use the net, its cheaper and easier to produce shows.”

      Ah we don’t use ‘the net’ to produce shows, nor do we use TV’s (or satellite dishes) – we use producers and camera crew and production houses – all of which would still be required to produce content for internet broadcast.

      Access to the internet is by no means universal, it remains expensive and poorer people are more likely to not have access.

      As for “This is not to say that TVNZ is a waste, but it is a waste of money/resources…”

      You can’t have it both ways – and you have not established any grounds for your assertion that the running public service, or arts broadcasting over the net is going to be cheaper for the Govt or the public, or provide better access.

      I’ left with the feeling that you really just wanted to say: blah blah capitalist paradigm blah blah the internet is awesome blah blah Labour is just like the Nats and trying suppress our creativity blah blah NZ TV is shit blah blah TVNZ is a waste of money and resources.

      • fatty 8.2.1

        “Ah we don’t use ‘the net’ to produce shows”

        Ah, many people use the net to produce shows, interactivity is the future (and the present). The 1980s are long gone.

        “Access to the internet is by no means universal”

        Good point CL, so is digital TV, so is TVNZ7. If you want to start basing NZ on the concept of universal access to resources, then I’ll be your number one cheerleader. You have merely pointed out the backwardness of our country’s technology…as I said, good point.

        “As for “This is not to say that TVNZ is a waste, but it is a waste of money/resources”…You can’t have it both ways”

        Yes I can. The reason you don’t understand that sentence is cause you seperated it from the following one where I stated…”We could create many more quality programmes”. The word ‘quality’ shows that I think some of TVNZ’s programmes are “not a waste”…but I continue to see TVNZ as a waste of money/resources”

        “and you have not established any grounds for your assertion that the running public service, or arts broadcasting over the net is going to be cheaper for the Govt or the public, or provide better access.”

        Of course I never established any grounds for my ‘assertion’ on how internet TV will “provide better access”…that’s cause that statement is a creation of your own imagination. So let’s stick to what I did say, rather than what you are daydreaming…
        I would challenge the way programming is done, particularly current affairs shows. Be gone with Q+A with their high quality production (expensive) . The best NZ political discussion shows on TV at the moment are ‘The Union Report’ & ‘Citizen A’. The stark contrast between these shows and Q+A etc is the cost. How much for the Q+A and how much to fund the latter shows? News should be redone in a similar manner to RT News, where bloggers and true left intellectuals form much of the news dissection, alongside neolibs. Close up could be replaced with something like a cheap version of The Aloyna Show from RT, where it is watchable, and would be far cheaper to produce.
        There should be left wing and right wing shows, rather than the current middle of the road slop we currently get. Our current news options will continue to exist under a market model…they will not change at all, especially the 6pm-730pm timeslot…they can’t get any more market orientated, and they can’t get any more pathetic…so we should not be funding that crap. Stop paying for TV1 News and that morning ignorance we all get subjected to, then we can produce a lot of other stuff.
        We can also sell off all the TV infrastructure which cannot be used for internet TV and put that money into internet TV. Digital TV is already on its way out, internet is the future…why do you think Sky is bringing in an internet service? Digital TV is like a landline…why have one when everyone has a phone in their pocket? Internet should be a universal human right in NZ, and will be soon.
        Is it just me and my friends who watch everything on the net?

        “I’ left with the feeling that you really just wanted to say: blah blah capitalist paradigm blah blah the internet is awesome blah blah Labour is just like the Nats and trying suppress our creativity blah blah NZ TV is shit blah blah TVNZ is a waste of money and resources.”

        True, that’s the most intelligent sentence you’ve come up with…the blah blah part is a bit simple, but that is your contribution.
        I’m left with the feeling that you’ve again tried and failed to critique me a fell flat on your face. Too many misguided assumptions, and a misunderstanding of context/grammer.

        • Carol 8.2.1.1

          Is it just me and my friends who watch everything on the net?

          There are some people who do that and others who watch only TV sets. Myself, I watch some online, but at the moment I have a bit of a dodgy net connection and ondemand or any streaming gets frustrating because I often lose the connection.

          I still prefer watching TV if it’s possible. But I suspect that in future there probably won’t be such a distinction. That is, if the world doesn’t suffer some catastrophic perfect storm and the necessary resources become very scarce. I can’t connect my little HD TV to my computer for some reason. But I gather all newer models can do this.

          In the meantime, in Auckland there’s still Triangle. I like the mix of making low budget current events/political TV programmes for Triangle that also get made available online.

          I think it will be a couple of years, probably a lot longer, yet before high speed broadband will be available to all Kiwis.

          • weka 8.2.1.1.1

            There are places in NZ where sometimes there is a waiting list to get a new broadband connection. And the broadband available isn’t always sufficient for watching TV.

        • Campbell Larsen 8.2.1.2

          lolwhat?

          akshully I’m a big fan of yours fatty, it is hurtful when you are so mean.

          I love it how you so often manage to slag off Labour or the Greens (or the left in general) in your comments:

          Open mike 04/04/2012

          Why Labour is not shifting to the centre

          I love it how you like to randomly denigrate people like AIDS sufferers and are so eloquent
          “hungry whores begging for more capitalist cock.” indeed.

          What did you say you were again? a social worker!!!???

          I love it how you manage to find ways to insert right wing memes into discussions
          “Maybe young women are getting pregnant on purpose”

          You’re all class.

          • fatty 8.2.1.2.1

            Cheers CL for bringing up some of my key points, allow me to reinforce them;

            Open mike 04/04/2012


            …This is indisputable, and one of my better comments…posted on April 4th, but has become even more relevant over the past week…In what way could you possibly disagree with this?;

            Why Labour is not shifting to the centre


            …Again, this has become more relevant over the past few weeks, Shearer continues to dance around and try to befriend everyone…meanwhile his inability to form a coherent sentence in front of a camera leaves him politically impotent. The way he is co-opting neoliberal discourse and echoing Donkey is something that no longer makes me angry…I now find it depressing and comical.

            “I love it how you so often manage to slag off Labour or the Greens (or the left in general) in your comments:”

            True, good point…I see Labour as THE problem…we will always have National bringing in their selfish policies, but its a shame that over the past 25 years Labour have done little more than reinforce selfish policies rather than resist and reverse them. The Greens are much better, but their move to ‘green capitalism’ (LOL) as the answer is a failure in my opinion. As stated in other posts, I am hesitant to use the left/right dichotomy as it has become so blurred since 1984. I consider the true left to be anti-capitalists (Zizek, david harvey, andre gunder frank, arturo gomes etc)…the left should listen to these people, rather than ignore them.
            I find if I enter a left/right argument here it becomes pointless, because Labour is considered left and National right…but I see them very similar…neoliberial economics, targeted welfare, biculturalism, individual responsibility etc. Lab/Nat are rightwing in my eyes, Greens and Mana are centrist…we have no left. So when you say I slag off the ‘left in general’…I take that as a compliment, cause its the true right (and vary rarely, the centrist Greens/Mana) who I am slagging off.

            Daughter, my generation is squandering your birthright


            The AIDs comment was poorly written and I apologised to you for it immediately (interesting reflection on you that you should bring it up and force me to apologise again…sorry)…but I clarified my poorly illustrated point, which for some reason you cannot get your head around, and is my key issue with the current Greens policy…”Capitalism is causing our problems, it shouldn’t be seen as part of a solution”

            “hungry whores begging for more capitalist cock.” I stand by that point!…to be honest I think that’s quite well written, I will be using that again.

            When ‘fiscally neutral’ costs a billion+ a year


            No, I’m studying to be one, but the way things are going, I will be heading overseas to get a decent eduction. My student loan is too high, wages here are too low to pay it off and if I can get a scholarship I’m gone…maybe it’ll make you feel better that I am probably not going to become a social worker and am changing the direction of my studies…what’s your issue with me becoming a social worker? I don’t understand?

            Teenage dreams


            Re-read this post CL, along with my follow up. I am suggesting that their is some truth to Key’s logic of “breeding for business”, but I blame the governments, economics and society, rather than teenagers. This is not a “right-wing” (National?) view because I oppose the idea that teenagers need to take personal responsibility. I am suggesting that getting pregnant is often a logical response by disenfranchised youth and society is to blame. I am blaming all of us, the generational inequality, social exclusion/blame of youth, capitalism and its economic inequality. I see the non-use of contraception by teens to be framed by invalid research.
            You may call this right wing rhetoric, but you completely misunderstand my point. I see it as a Marxist position because I am blaming the economic and social structure of NZ. I also suggest poor young women are not making passive mistakes, but that becoming a teenage mother can be logic response to impending poverty. I am completely refusing individual responsibility, instead I am demanding social responsibility. So “breeding for business” is a sick way to put it…I prefer “breeding for survival”. Its a Marxist perspective (true left) not right wing at all.

            “You’re all class”

            I’m not here for polite conversation, I’m here to argue points, so please argue away. The more often I disagree with someone, the more I learn…but you have to back up your points with logic, rather than a simplistic side-swipe. The best argument I have had on here is with carol over intergenerational inequality where she bombarded me with stats and highlighted david harvey as a reference. I learnt a lot from carol about babyboomers…you should learn to make a point.

            Trawling through and reposting my previous posts, and allowing me to reinforce them has been fun for me, but I still don’t understand what you are trying to achieve. I stand by all those posts, except the nasty AIDs reference – do you want me to apologise for that again? (although I stand behind the point that reference made).
            I think you can do much better than your above post, its way below the level of ‘pete george logic’.

            • prism 8.2.1.2.1.1

              The long comments from fatty are timed at 11.02 and 11.07. I guess the first one is superfluous and takes up a lot of space on the thread. Perhaps the moderator could sort this.

              • fatty

                Sorry, they are the same reply. I didn’t realise and I am severely technologically challenged.

                • prism

                  fatty You are able to put live links so not too challenged! When I learned to do that I felt pretty good and can now remember the procedure without referring to my notes. Hooray for me.

          • fatty 8.2.1.2.2

            Cheers CL for bringing up some of my key points, allow me to reinforce them;

            Open mike 04/04/2012


            …This is pretty difficult to dispute, and one of my better comments…posted on April 4th, but has become even more relevant over the past week…In what way could you possibly disagree with this?;

            Why Labour is not shifting to the centre


            …Again, this has become more relevant over the past few weeks, Shearer continues to dance around and try to befriend everyone…meanwhile his inability to form a coherent sentence in front of a camera leaves him politically impotent. The way he is co-opting neoliberal discourse and echoing Donkey is something that no longer makes me angry…I now find it depressing and comical.

            “I love it how you so often manage to slag off Labour or the Greens (or the left in general) in your comments:”

            True, good point…I see Labour as THE problem…we will always have National bringing in their selfish policies, but its a shame that over the past 25 years Labour have done little more than reinforce selfish policies rather than resist and reverse them. The Greens are much better, but their move to ‘green capitalism’ (LOL) as the answer is a failure in my opinion. As stated in other posts, I am hesitant to use the left/right dichotomy as it has become so blurred since 1984. I often claim here that Lab/Nats are centrist for the sake of argument…but to be honest, I consider the true left to be anti-capitalists (Zizek, david harvey, andre gunder frank, arturo gomes etc)…the left should listen to these people, rather than ignore them.
            I find if I enter a left/right argument here it becomes pointless, because Labour is considered left and National right…but I see them very similar…neoliberial economics, targeted welfare, biculturalism, individual responsibility etc. Lab/Nat are rightwing in my eyes, Greens and Mana are centrist…we have no left. So when you say I slag off the ‘left in general’…I take that as a compliment, cause its the true right (and vary rarely, the centrist Greens/Mana) who I am slagging off.

            Daughter, my generation is squandering your birthright


            The AIDs comment was poorly written and I apologised to you for it immediately (interesting reflection on you that you should bring it up and force me to apologise again…sorry)…but I clarified my poorly illustrated point, which for some reason you cannot get your head around, and is my key issue with the current Greens policy…”Capitalism is causing our problems, it shouldn’t be seen as part of a solution”

            “hungry whores begging for more capitalist cock.” I stand by that point!…to be honest I think that’s quite well written, I will be using that again.

            When ‘fiscally neutral’ costs a billion+ a year


            No, I’m studying to be one, but the way things are going, I will be heading overseas to get a decent eduction. My student loan is too high, wages here are too low to pay it off and if I can get a scholarship I’m gone…maybe it’ll make you feel better that I am probably not going to become a social worker and am changing the direction of my studies…what’s your issue with me becoming a social worker? I don’t understand?

            Teenage dreams


            Re-read this post CL, along with my follow up. I am suggesting that their is some truth to Key’s logic of “breeding for business”, but I blame the governments, economics and society, rather than teenagers. This is not a “right-wing” (National?) view because I oppose the idea that teenagers need to take personal responsibility. I am suggesting that getting pregnant is often a logical response by disenfranchised youth and society is to blame. I am blaming all of us, the generational inequality, social exclusion/blame of youth, capitalism and its economic inequality. I see the non-use of contraception by teens to be framed by invalid research.
            You may call this right wing rhetoric, but you completely misunderstand my point. I see it as a Marxist position because I am blaming the economic and social structure of NZ. I also suggest poor young women are not making passive mistakes, but that becoming a teenage mother can be logic response to impending poverty. I am completely refusing individual responsibility, instead I am demanding social responsibility. So “breeding for business” is a sick way to put it…I prefer “breeding for survival”. Its a Marxist perspective (true left) not right wing at all.

            “You’re all class”

            I’m not here for polite conversation, I’m here to argue points, so please argue away. The more often I disagree with someone, the more I learn…but you have to back up your points with logic, rather than a simplistic side-swipe. The best argument I have had on here is with carol over intergenerational inequality where she bombarded me with stats and highlighted david harvey as a reference. I learnt a lot from carol about babyboomers…you should learn to make a point.

            Trawling through and reposting my previous posts, and allowing me to reinforce them has been fun for me, but I still don’t understand what you are trying to achieve. I stand by all those posts, except the nasty AIDs reference – do you want me to apologise for that again? (although I stand behind the point that reference made).
            I think you can do much better than your above post, its way below the level of ‘pete george logic’.

  9. grumpy 9

    …sell it to Fox. We need a channel that’s “Fair and Balanced”…………………..

  10. This campaign is far too late, especially if it’s intended to get a private members bill drawn from ballot and passed through all stages in 42 days.

    It seems to be being used as a political publicity stunt. There seems to be more people interested in protesting than there has been watching the channel.

    TVNZ7 has some reasonable programs but like almost everyone else I hardly every watch it. I don’t watch TV1 much either, and rarely watch TV2.

    We have far to many channels available with far too little quality. I’d rather see more emphasis on quality and flexibility to watch rather than keeping yet another channel.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      I’d rather see more emphasis on quality and flexibility…

      None of which you’re actually getting from the commercial focus BS.

  11. warren 11

    In calling TVNZ7 “yet another channel” shows you are missing the point entirely by lumping it with all the low quality commercial ratings-driven channels (ie all the other channels).

  12. Julian Haworth 12

    A readers poll just carried out in the NZ Herald showed 68% support for keeping TV7.
    This is amazing given the political bent of readers of this paper. The poll results were pulled very quickly-maybe a little pressure exerted by Joyce and his puppet Key?

  13. Gerard 13

    The argument that nobody watches TVNZ7 is nonsense. It’s just nonsense. We all know that.
    Yes we know that 1.4 Million people tuned into TVNZ7 according to AC Nielson. We also know that these figures are concealed and manipulated by TVNZ and those bent on having nothing but commercial TV in this country.

    We know we can afford a Public Television Service and until 30th June 2012 we’ve actually had public television. We know that every other OECD country apart from mexico thinks Public Service TV is valuable enough to fund. Much like a national art gallery, a national library or national museum.

    If National were at all serious about a “knowledge economy” it’s actions would speak louder than words with regard to Public Service Television. Instead of leading the way to a brighter future – they are no where to be seen. They avoid the conversation. They do not respond, don’t front up and hide. This is bad for democracy. This is bad for you and me.

    The idea that NZ On Air funding is contestable is fraught because you have to have a broadcaster’s approval that they will broadcast your program before you can seek funding. Try getting that approval when the only imperative are ratings and ratings show that the most popular shows are cooking shows, police shows, crime dramas, soap operas and reality TV. Hardly informing stuff.

    So those on this blog who are negative about TVNZ7 are truly the ignorant and the uninformed. Yes there has been some repeats of shows on TVNZ7 but they’ve been bloody good value. BBC documentaries, in depth media analysis like Media 7, political debate like Back Benchers, discussions about literature on the Good Word and in-depth interviews on Talk Talk. This sort of content ( and much more ) has been distinctively more informing and valuable than anything on TV1, TV2 or TV3. We should support more of this and less of the same old tired brainless entertainment the programming commissioners are locked into for the other channels. At a very minimum we should at least have one channel where New Zealanders can easily access this material. From the 30th June we will have none. No choice. Nothing.

    Those who don’t understand this may as well go live in another country because this country doesn’t mean anything much to them.

  14. prism 14

    Even though TV7 was an attempt to provide more public service stuff hasn’t it needed the purchase of a set top box if having an older tv without such built in features.? Or could I see it if I can find the right channel on my not very new tv? I know I will have to take some action of this soon because of the change from analogue to digital.

  15. captain hook 15

    the whole point of the matter is that Tories dont want anybody to know anything.
    they just want them to buy!

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    11 hours ago
  • 10 days sick leave for employees delivered
    Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “Our Government is delivering on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy,” Michael Wood said. “COVID-19 ...
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    14 hours ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Election Win
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this ...
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    24 hours ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with Australia suspended
    Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. From 11.59pm today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be ...
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    1 day ago
  • Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne
    A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed ...
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    1 day ago
  • Flood recovery given further assistance
    The Government is contributing a further $1 million to help the flood battered Buller community, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Buller is a small community which has found itself suddenly facing significant and ongoing welfare costs. While many emergency welfare costs are reimbursed by Government, this money ...
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    2 days ago
  • Funding for five projects to reduce food waste
    The Government is funding five projects to help address the growing problem of food waste, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “New Zealand households throw away nearly 300,000 tonnes of food every year, half of which could still be eaten. By supporting these initiatives, we’re taking steps to reduce this ...
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    2 days ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding event
    The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated today - meaning residents on the West Coast of the South Island and in the Marlborough region hit by flooding over the weekend can now access help finding temporary accommodation, announced Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Poto Williams in Westport today. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from 11.59am (NZT) tonight, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. However, people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to return on “managed return” flights starting with the next available flight, ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity by Chinese state-sponsored actors
    New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious ...
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    5 days ago
  • Remarks to Diplomatic Corps
    It is a pleasure to be with you all this evening. Some of you may have been surprised when you received an invitation from the Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, and I would forgive you if you were. New Zealand is unique in having established a Ministerial portfolio ...
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    5 days ago
  • Early Pfizer shipment boosts vaccine schedule
    The largest shipment of the Pfizer vaccine to date has arrived into New Zealand two days ahead of schedule, and doses are already being delivered to vaccination centres around the country, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “The shipment of more than 370,000 doses reached New Zealand yesterday, following a ...
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    5 days ago
  • Backing for Bay of Islands predator free effort
    The Government is throwing its support behind an ambitious project to restore native biodiversity and build long-term conservation careers, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Predator Free Bay of Islands aims to eradicate predators from the three main peninsulas in the region, and significantly reduce their impact throughout the wider 80,000-plus ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government commits $600,000 to flood recovery
    The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort. They have announced ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government assisting local responses to heavy rainfall and high wind
    Acting Minister of Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says Central Government is monitoring the severe weather across the country, and is ready to provide further support to those affected if necessary. “My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this latest event, particularly communities on the West Coast and ...
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    1 week ago
  • PM Ardern chairs APEC Leaders’ meeting on COVID-19
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has chaired a meeting of Leaders representing the 21 APEC economies overnight. “For the first time in APEC’s history Leaders have come together for an extraordinary meeting focused exclusively on COVID-19, and how our region can navigate out of the worst health and economic ...
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    1 week ago
  • Health Minister welcomes progress on nurses’ pay
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s decision to take the Government’s improved pay offer to members and to lift strike notices is a positive move towards settling district health board nurses’ pay claims, Health Minister Andrew Little said. “It’s encouraging that the discussions between NZNO and DHBs over the nurses’ employment ...
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    1 week ago
  • Boost for Pacific regional business
    Pacific businesses will get a much-needed financial boost as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the new Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  The new $2 million fund will co-invest in Pacific business projects and initiatives to create ...
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    1 week ago
  • PM Ardern call with President Biden
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke with US President Biden this morning, ahead of the APEC Informal Leaders’ Retreat on COVID-19. “President Biden and I discussed the forthcoming APEC leaders meeting and the critical importance of working together as a region to navigate out of the COVID-19 pandemic”, Jacinda Ardern said. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Renewed partnership creates jobs for New Zealand youth
    The Government has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, strengthening the partnership to get more young people into work.  The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is a nationwide network of all Mayors in New Zealand, who are committed to making sure all young ...
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    1 week ago
  • South Island areas prioritised in tourism fund
    Five South Island areas are prioritised in the latest round of decisions from a tourism fund that is supporting infrastructure projects from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island and the Chathams. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced details of 57 nationwide projects to receive support from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). ...
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    1 week ago
  • New code sets clear expectations for learner safety and wellbeing in tertiary education
    A new code of practice for the pastoral care of domestic tertiary and international students will be in place from January next year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today The code, which makes clear that creating an environment that supports learning and wellbeing is a shared responsibility between tertiary providers, ...
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    1 week ago
  • First TAB New Zealand Board appointments announced
    The members of the first TAB NZ Board come with experience in racing and sport administration, business and governance, the betting industry, broadcasting and gambling harm minimisation. “This Board will progress from the excellent work done by the interim board, put in place in August 2020,” Grant Robertson said. “The ...
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    1 week ago
  • Northland Maori Pathways initiative introduced
    The Government has today launched Māori Pathways at Northland Region Corrections Facility, a ground-breaking series of initiatives designed in partnership with Māori to reduce re-offending and improve outcomes for whānau. A key part of the Hōkai Rangi strategy, Māori Pathways looks to achieve long-term change and involves a number of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Extended Essential Skills visas being rolled out
    Two year Essential Skills visa to provide certainty to at least 18,000 visa holders Streamlined application process to benefit at least 57,000 visa holders The Government is increasing the duration of some Essential Skills visas and streamlining the application process to provide more certainty to employers and visa holders while ...
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    1 week ago
  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from Victoria to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from Victoria to New Zealand will be paused from 1.59am (NZT) Friday, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. The decision follows updated public health advice from New Zealand officials and a growing number of cases and locations of interest. The pause will run for at least ...
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    1 week ago
  • Hydrogen arrangement signed with Singapore
    The signing of an Arrangement of Cooperation on low-carbon hydrogen with Singapore heralds the start of greater collaboration between it and New Zealand as both countries transition towards low carbon economies, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. The cooperation arrangement between New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ...
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    1 week ago
  • Hydrogen agreement signed with Singapore
    The signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation on low-carbon hydrogen with Singapore signals the start of greater collaboration between the two countries as they transition towards low carbon economies, says Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods. The cooperation agreement between New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to LGNZ Conference
    Kia ora koutou katoa and thank-you for the invitation to speak to you all today. I would like to acknowledge Local Government New Zealand President Stuart Crosby, and Chief Executive, Susan Freeman-Greene, Te Maruata Chair, Bonita Bigham, and our host, Mayor John Leggett. I also acknowledge all the elected members ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government to provide support for water reforms, jobs and growth
    The Government today announced a $2.5 billion package to support local government transition through the reforms to New Zealand’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services. The package will also stimulate local economies while creating jobs and unlocking infrastructure for housing. “New Zealand’s water systems are facing a significant crisis and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government Initiatives Contribute to Fall in Benefit Numbers
    Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit. “This Government’s plan to increase work focused support for Jobseekers is paying off,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “All up Benefit numbers ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tourism support package continues rollout
    Mental wellbeing support is being rolled out to five South Island communities most affected by the absence of international tourists. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash today announced details of how tourism operators and communities can access the help announced in May as part of the government’s $200 million Tourism Communities: Support, ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ-PNG Sign Statement of Partnership
    New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape signed the first ever New Zealand - Papua New Guinea Statement of Partnership today. “This new Statement of Partnership reflects the importance we place on the close economic, cultural and people-to-people links our two countries have ...
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    1 week ago
  • Further advice being sought on new cases in Victoria
    Further advice is being sought from public health officials following seven new positive cases of COVID-19 in Victoria today, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “There are also a growing number of locations of interest that are of concern, including a sports stadium on Saturday and several pubs,” Chris Hipkins ...
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    1 week ago
  • Christchurch Learning Community Hubs supporting ethnic families
    As part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to working with the victims and those affected by the March 15 terror attacks, today Associate Minister of Education Hon Jan Tinetti released the report ‘Voices from the Ōtautahi’ on the Christchurch Learning Community Hubs. “It’s so important we continue to support the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Hundreds more hands funded to work for nature
    Supporting biodiversity protection through community-led projects and on private property will create at least 500 more jobs under the Mahi mō te Taiao/Jobs for Nature programme, Minister of Conservation Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The work we are funding includes everything from pest control and restoration planting to plant propagation, skill ...
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    1 week ago
  • Saliva testing expansion for frontline border workers
    All frontline border workers who are required to be regularly tested for COVID-19 will soon be able to choose regular saliva testing as a full replacement for nasopharyngeal testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. Saliva testing will be expanded as an option for all those on a regular ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government consults on freshwater farm plan
    The Government is inviting farmers and growers to provide their practical ideas to help develop high-quality and workable freshwater farm plans, in line with its freshwater goals said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Environment Minister David Parker. The ministers today released the consultation documents for freshwater farm plans and stock exclusion low slope maps. Comment is being sought on a new, more ...
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    1 week ago
  • Increased support for midwives
    New measures to help bolster the midwifery workforce as they care for the next generation of New Zealanders, have been announced today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “New Zealand’s midwives are committed to the wellbeing of women and whānau, but they’re facing significant challenges. The DHB midwifery ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister's Speech to NZIIA Annual Conference
    Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, ata mārie, tēnā koutou katoa. It’s a great pleasure to attend an event on such an important topic as New Zealand’s future in the Indo-Pacific region. Thank you to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs for bringing this hui together. I am encouraged to ...
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    1 week ago