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Goodnight Kiwi Television (Full Length) – 1981 - 1994 Animation Children

Goodnight Kiwi

Television (Full Length) – 1981 - 1994 Animation Children

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Ian Pryor

Ian Pryor (NZ On Screen team) 12 Apr 2017 - 10.41am

Anyone got the kiwi tripping on the chord graphic please?!
I cant find it anywhere! Please email, if possible, to Thanks!

Poor quality image is fine

Kim Buchanan

Kim Buchanan 10 Apr 2017 - 04.55pm

Apparently it was based upon ATN-7's closedown clip in Sydney, Australia, but I must say you Kiwis did it better. If only you had used it for the analogue switch-off like ATN did. Greetings from Brisbane.


L 26 Feb 2017 - 11.55pm

goodnight kiwi is dope as hail....


samutahjazz 4 Nov 2014 - 11.20am


S C Knapp

S C Knapp 30 Jun 2014 - 03.54am

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

Linda Lang

Linda Lang 3 Jun 2014 - 09.32pm

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.

David Dwyer

David Dwyer 28 May 2014 - 02.13am

Good Night Sam Harvey RIP!

Andrew Glover

Andrew Glover 28 May 2014 - 12.12am

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.

Sue Scott

Sue Scott 27 May 2014 - 07.31pm

Thank you Sam. Goodnight and rest in peace.


Russell 27 May 2014 - 07.11pm

Delightful memories I always tried to see the TV closing. Keith.

Keith Lyon

Keith Lyon 27 May 2014 - 04.40pm

RIP Sam Harvey.

How many kids today would get the significance of the note (money?) in the milk bottle, left outside the door for the milkman?

Steve Carr

Steve Carr 27 May 2014 - 04.36pm

ah memories, of the simpler life. It brings a warm feeling to the heart. Day's gone buy, when you felt so important to see good night kiwi , on our little TV.... sometimes I feel sorry for the kids of today

Terri Powr

Terri Powr 27 May 2014 - 12.57pm

Everlasting memory!


Laurencius 9 Apr 2014 - 04.45am

First time watching it. Loved it to pieces!! Thanks and goodnite from Grandma Mimo in Texas

Belinda Gutierrez

Belinda Gutierrez 9 Apr 2014 - 01.41am

Goodnight Kiwi makes me smile from my head to my toes, all these years later. :-)


Jill 24 Mar 2014 - 10.31am

Brings back memories alright

Ben Neho

Ben Neho 1 Dec 2013 - 09.18am

This little animation and the soundtrack that goes with it, remains the most wonderful, heart-rending thing I have ever seen on TV. Please, please, somehow, somewhere, could it return?

Lee K.

Lee K. 7 Oct 2013 - 08.09pm

I was fortunate enough to be married to Sam Harveys daughter all be it for a short while! He was a terrific artist and a nice guy. If anyone knows any of the family would you be so kind to ask them to contact me. I am on facebook. (wayne Kelly).

wayne kelly

wayne kelly 18 Aug 2013 - 11.40pm

Well if this doesn't take you home. back then what would ? :-)


Bernie 13 Mar 2013 - 06.44pm

I left NZ in '79 and I watched this, or a version of it before '81 and for a while before that. Love it!

Christine Grobler

Christine Grobler 30 Dec 2012 - 06.59pm

How can we bring this wonderful little clip back? Perhaps as suggested, at 7.30 or so when the wee ones go to bed. It's too good to be left in a file somewhere!


Genny 29 Mar 2012 - 11.05am

Please bring it back Nz it's a part of us! it could be played when the littlies should go to bed

christine Obbeek

christine Obbeek 16 Mar 2012 - 05.03pm

When the tv broke down, the kiwi tripped over a cable and had stars swirly round his head.

the 1 gypsy queen

the 1 gypsy queen 16 Mar 2012 - 04.45pm

Such nostalgia!!

Beverley Gatman-ruck

Beverley Gatman-ruck 16 Mar 2012 - 10.54am

Nobody has the still shots of the kiwi that used to come on during breakdowns. I'd love to see them again.


Duncan 10 Sep 2011 - 09.10pm

This is a great memory. But Kiwis are nocturnal! I'm sure they dont go to sleep at night. Isn't this whole idea fundamentally flawed?


Karen 28 May 2011 - 10.37am

I'm intrigued by Damien Service' comments about the 'earlier' Goodnight Kiwis. I was overseas & didn't see the early TV2 version, but I wonder who produced those? Do you have any more detail Damien? Anyone?

Roger M

Roger M 22 May 2011 - 04.41pm

Now into his 90s, Sam Harvey is still mentally sharp, active, & a pleasure to be around. With beginnings in Nthn England & Glasgow, he migrated to NZ after WW2, and just 'fitted right in'. He built some of his own equipment, and made a fine career in photography, animation & advertising. He 'mentored' many of our characters... Record some of your story please Sam!

Roger M

Roger M 22 May 2011 - 04.28pm

Goodnight Kiwi is now on TVNZ7 and TVNZU (on Sky TV) at Midnight each night

Chris Grant

Chris Grant 22 Apr 2011 - 09.05pm

Ah, haven't seen that for years, jumping cat still makes me laugh.

Donna Cowan

Donna Cowan 25 Dec 2010 - 10.52pm

Ah, Nostalgia for an Expat

John J Knight

John J Knight 8 Jun 2010 - 02.23pm

so cute:) thanks for posting this. good night kiwi should be brought back to tv 2

Matt Langton

Matt Langton 27 May 2010 - 07.48pm

No, I'm just a TV buff who picks up bits and pieces of info here and there.

I've also purchased early TV One and South Pacific Television openers and idents and various items through Trade Me and second hand stores.

I guess basically you could actually me a collector and amateur historian.

Damien Service

Damien Service 1 May 2010 - 07.17pm

Thanks for your email. We’ll change the wording on that section of the Goodnight Kiwi clip pronto - since as you point out, the animated Kiwi first appeared on New Zealand TV screens long before this clip.

From the informed nature of your comment, we’re wondering if you might have been involved in the Kiwi’s evolution in some way. If that is so, it would be great to hear from you if you had any more information you could share with us.

Ian Pryor

Ian Pryor (NZ On Screen team) 18 Feb 2010 - 12.37pm

The info on the clip's page states "The original goodnight kiwi", however this is actually incorrect as there were two earlier versions.

One was a very crudely done clip in 1975 for TV2, which was updated a year later when TV2 became South Pacific Television and see the Kiwi sleeping in a camera.

I'm hoping NZOnScreen can obtain the two other clips for the site so that viewers can see the evolution of the Goodnight Kiwi.

Damien Service

Damien Service 17 Feb 2010 - 08.04pm

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