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  1. The long-running 1980s version of Goodnight Kiwi.


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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 Gary Potts
 Sam Harvey
 Bernie Allen

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 S C Knapp

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 Linda Lang

Linda Lang

Thank you for the wonderful memories of happy years. Very nostalgic and will always remind me of home.
RIP Sam-peace to you.

 David Dwyer

David Dwyer

Hello everyone. I am in England and I have never seen this until today. It is delightfully charming and heart-warming. The music and the animation work beautifully together. I suppose that you have 24 hour tv now too and things like this are never seen these days. For me, that doesn't equal progress. Life just needs to slow down a little more for all of our sakes and I can entirely understand the sense of nostalgia for better times that this makes you all feel. In addition, I understand the animator of this gorgeous thing has just passed away. May he rest in peace.

 Andrew Glover

Andrew Glover

Good Night Sam Harvey RIP!

 Sue Scott

Sue Scott

Sooo many happy memories when life was so much simpler, and our one main worry was getting to see the Good night Kiwi..that meant we were up so much later than we should have been but it was so worth it. Sweet dreams Sam.

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