Thirty Years of Three

Thirty Years of Three

November 2019 marks 30 years since New Zealand television’s third channel first went to air. As this collection makes clear, the channel has highlighted a wide range of local content, from genre-stretching drama (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) to upstart news shows (Nightline), youth programming (Ice TV, Being Eve) and many landmarks of Kiwi screen comedy (7 Days, bro’Town, Pulp Comedy). As the launch slogan said, "come home to the feeling!" In this background piece, Phil Wakefield ranges from across the years, from early days to awards triumph in 2019.  

Three Turns 30 - Promo

Television, 2019 (Full Length)

TV3 Begins - First Transmission

Television, 1989 (Excerpts)

3 National News - First Episode

Television, 1989 (Full Length Episode)

Campbell Live - Final Episode (29 May 2015)

Television, 2015 (Full Length Episode)

Nightline - 20th Anniversary Episode

Television, 2010 (Full Length)

Newshub - Hilary Barry's last TV3 bulletin (excerpt, 27 May 2016)

Television, 2016 (Excerpts)



Television, 2004–2009


Pulp Comedy

Television, 1995–2003


Pulp Sport

Television, 2003–2009


The Jaquie Brown Diaries

Television, 2008–2009


7 Days

Television, 2009–ongoing

The Billy T James Show (sitcom) - excerpts

Television, 1990 (Full Length Episode)

Skitz - 'Best Of' Excerpts

Television, 1997 (Excerpts)

Radiradirah - First Episode

Television, 2010 (Full Length Episode)

Super City - First Episode

Television, 2011 (Full Length Episode)

Jono and Ben at Ten - First Episode

Television, 2012 (Full Length Episode)

Funny Girls - NZ Suffragette Special

Television, 2018 (Full Length Episode)

The X Factor (NZ) - 2013 Grand Final

Television, 2013 (Full Length)

Campbell Live - Driving Dogs

Television, 2012 (Excerpts)

The GC - First Episode

Television, 2012 (Full Length Episode)

Outrageous Fortune - First Episode

Television, 2005 (Full Length Episode)

Westside - First Episode

Television, 2015 (Full Length Episode)

The Almighty Johnsons - First Episode

Television, 2011 (Excerpts)

Homeward Bound - First Episode

Television, 1992 (Full Length Episode)

Cover Story - First Episode

Television, 1995 (Excerpts)

The Strip - Series One, Episode 12 (Choose)

Television, 2002 (Excerpts)

Harry - This is Personal (First Episode)

Television, 2013 (Full Length Episode)

The Blue Rose - Episode One

Television, 2013 (Excerpts)

Paul Henry - John Key's '9-in-10' challenge

Television, 2015 (Excerpts)

The Paul Henry Show - John Key interview

Television, 2014 (Excerpts)

Bloopers - News

Television, 2018 (Excerpts)

Dancing with the Stars - Simon Barnett excerpt (Series Six Final)

Television, 2015 (Excerpts)

3 News - 'Corngate' interview with Helen Clark

Television, 2002 (Excerpts)


The Ralston Group

Television, 1991–1994


Great War Stories

Television, 2014–2018

The Living Earth - First Episode

Television, 1992 (Full Length Episode)

Ice TV - Best of

Television, 1998 (Full Length Episode)


Being Eve

Television, 2001–2002

Sticky TV - Series 16, Episode Two

Television, 2017 (Full Length Episode)

The Early Bird Show - Excerpts

Television, 1991 (Excerpts)

You and Me - Toilet Training

Television, 1993 (Full Length Episode)

Suzy's World - Digestion (Episode)

Television, 1999 (Full Length Episode)

The Ridges - First Episode

Television, 2012–2012 (Full Length Episode)

Melody Rules - Going, Going ... Goner (First Episode)

Television, 1995 (Full Length Episode)