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Cool Running

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 19 Items

From moa hunters to Olympic medalists Kiwis have a passionate running man tradition. This Spotlight collection laces up and joins the 70,000 runners chasing the piper around the waterfront in Sam Pillsbury’s classic 1980 doco The Greatest Run on Earth (slo-mo adidas, beards, sweat, sinew and samb...

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Kiwi Oscar Heroes

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 11 Items

When the final Lord of the Rings won Oscar glory on 29 February 2004, jokes were made about running out of New Zealanders to thank. Taika’s nap and Paquin’s stutter made awards night news as well. Along with the big notes of The Piano and the Oscar magnet that is Miramar, there’s also a largely u...

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Country Calendar

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 8 Items

New Zealand's longest-running television programme is over 50 years old. Country Calendar first debuted on 6 March 1966, and is still going strong on Sunday nights, telling stories of rural life in New Zealand. This Spotlight collection features classic episodes from years gone by, plus a ScreenT...

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NZ On Air turns 25

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 5 Items

Broadcasting funding agency NZ On Air celebrated its 25th year of existence in 2015. Established in 1989, NZ On Air has funded many of the television shows featured on NZ On Screen. Compiled to mark the 25th anniversary, this Spotlight collection features TV funded in the agency's first year. Wit...

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NZ On Air Awards

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 9 Items

At a 25th anniversary celebration in March 2015, NZ On Air handed out awards to some production companies and producers who’ve been behind NZ On Air funded shows of particular note, over the past quarter century. This Spotlight collection shines the light on some of the awarded productions — from...

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Screen Weddings

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 6 Items

Everyone loves a good wedding, and screen weddings are no exception. Our long-running soap Shortland Street has had a number of them, two of which feature in this Spotlight collection - Kirsty and Lionel's big day in 1994, and Jay and Maia's civil union in 2006. The collection also features excer...

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Pioneering Women

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 14 Items

This Spotlight collection celebrates women and feminism in New Zealand - the country that was the first in the world to give women the vote. We shine the light on NZ wahine toa: suffrage pioneers, front-running politicans, educators, unionists, writers, musicians, mothers, and feminist warriors; ...

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Shortland Street - Five Memorable Exits

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 5 Items

There’s nothing like a shock exit to keep the momentum of a long-running soap going. Shortland Street is up there with the best, as evidenced in this Spotlight. Crashing, burning, falling (...or not?), explosive endings, and getting choked up over a serial killer. Five of Ferndale's most shocking...

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The Top 10 NZ Television Ads

Curated by NZ On Screen team

Great adverts are strange things: mini works of magic, with the power to make viewers smile, cry, and even buy. Kiwi directors have shown such a knack for making them, they've been invited to do so across the globe. But this collection is about local favourites; dogs on skateboards, choc bar robberies, ghost chips. NZ On Screen's Irene Gardiner backgrounds the top 10 here.

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Top 10 NZ Comedy Series

Curated by NZ On Screen team

Every now and then here at NZ On Screen, we like to stick our necks out and choose a Top 10. And our collective opinion is that these are the funniest New Zealand television series to date: from bro' Town to Billy T, from Gliding On to the tag team hijinks of 7 Days. Plus 10 runners-up that we couldn't agree on. Read on to find out more.