Before 24-hr TV, there was Goodnight Kiwi, a short animation from Sam Harvey that bade viewers goodnight once the day's broadcasting ended. Each night the plucky Kiwi shut up shop at the TV station, put out the milk, and caught the lift up to sleep in a satellite dish with The Cat. For a generation of kids, Goodnight Kiwi became a much-loved symbol of staying up well past your bedtime. Viewers never questioned why our nocturnal national icon was going to bed at night, or sharing a bed with a cat. The tune is an arrangement of a Māori lullaby, 'Hine e Hine'.
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Television, 1990 (Full Length)
This David Bellamy-presented series features Kiwi
Short Film, 1950 (Full Length)
Features a peg-legged Kiwi
Television, 1996 (Excerpts)
A documentary on Kiwiana kitsch
Television, 2007 (Full Length)
Features a Kiwi being born
Short Film, 1947
Also features the famous Māori song 'Hine e Hine'
Film, 1986 (Trailer)
Another animated pop culture icon
Television, 1986 (Full Length)
Goodnight Kiwi and his mate The Cat make an appearance in this Top Town final
Television, 2008 (Full Length)
Later version of Goodnight Kiwi
Television, 1983 (Full Length)
The iconic cartoon is used for political satire here
Television, 1976 (Full Length)
TVNZ transmission opening IDs