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Goodnight Kiwi

Television (Full Length) – 1981 - 1994

Ian Pryor
Ian Pryor (NZ On Screen team)
12 Apr 2017 - 10.41am
Hi Kim
You can send a request via this page, for TVNZ to search its collection: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/licensing/footage-licensing.html
Ian (NZ On Screen)
Kim Buchanan
Kim Buchanan
10 Apr 2017 - 04.55pm
Anyone got the kiwi tripping on the chord graphic please?!
I cant find it anywhere! Please email, if possible, to kim@petsonthenet.co.nz. Thanks!

Poor quality image is fine
L
L
26 Feb 2017 - 11.55pm
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.
samutahjazz
samutahjazz
4 Nov 2014 - 11.20am
goodnight kiwi is dope as hail....
S C Knapp
S C Knapp
30 Jun 2014 - 03.54am
GOODNIGHT SAM HARVEY - THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR THIS LOVELY CHILDHOOD MEMORY. MAY YOU DREAM ON IN PEACE !!
Linda Lang
Linda Lang
3 Jun 2014 - 09.32pm
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
28 May 2014 - 02.13am
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
28 May 2014 - 12.12am
Good Night Sam Harvey RIP!
Sue Scott
Sue Scott
27 May 2014 - 07.31pm
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.
Russell
Russell
27 May 2014 - 07.11pm
Thank you Sam. Goodnight and rest in peace.
Keith Lyon
Keith Lyon
27 May 2014 - 04.40pm
Delightful memories I always tried to see the TV closing. Keith.
Steve Carr
Steve Carr
27 May 2014 - 04.36pm
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?
Terri Powr
Terri Powr
27 May 2014 - 12.57pm
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
Laurencius
Laurencius
9 Apr 2014 - 04.45am
Everlasting memory!
Belinda Gutierrez
Belinda Gutierrez
9 Apr 2014 - 01.41am
First time watching it. Loved it to pieces!! Thanks and goodnite from Grandma Mimo in Texas
Jill
Jill
24 Mar 2014 - 10.31am
Goodnight Kiwi makes me smile from my head to my toes, all these years later. :-)
Ben Neho
Ben Neho
1 Dec 2013 - 09.18am
Brings back memories alright
Lee K.
Lee K.
7 Oct 2013 - 08.09pm
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?
wayne kelly
wayne kelly
18 Aug 2013 - 11.40pm
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).
Bernie
Bernie
13 Mar 2013 - 06.44pm
Well if this doesn't take you home. back then what would ? :-)
Christine Grobler
Christine Grobler
30 Dec 2012 - 06.59pm
I left NZ in '79 and I watched this, or a version of it before '81 and for a while before that. Love it!
Genny
Genny
29 Mar 2012 - 11.05am
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!
christine Obbeek
christine Obbeek
16 Mar 2012 - 05.03pm
Please bring it back Nz it's a part of us! it could be played when the littlies should go to bed
the 1 gypsy queen
the 1 gypsy queen
16 Mar 2012 - 04.45pm
When the tv broke down, the kiwi tripped over a cable and had stars swirly round his head.
Beverley Gatman-ruck
Beverley Gatman-ruck
16 Mar 2012 - 10.54am
Such nostalgia!!
Duncan
Duncan
10 Sep 2011 - 09.10pm
Nobody has the still shots of the kiwi that used to come on during breakdowns. I'd love to see them again.
Karen
Karen
28 May 2011 - 10.37am
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?
Roger M
Roger M
22 May 2011 - 04.41pm
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 - 04.28pm
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!
Chris Grant
Chris Grant
22 Apr 2011 - 09.05pm
Goodnight Kiwi is now on TVNZ7 and TVNZU (on Sky TV) at Midnight each night
Donna Cowan
Donna Cowan
25 Dec 2010 - 10.52pm
Ah, haven't seen that for years, jumping cat still makes me laugh.
John J Knight
John J Knight
8 Jun 2010 - 02.23pm
Ah, Nostalgia for an Expat
Matt Langton
Matt Langton
27 May 2010 - 07.48pm
so cute:) thanks for posting this. good night kiwi should be brought back to tv 2
Damien Service
1 May 2010 - 07.17pm
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.
Ian Pryor
Ian Pryor (NZ On Screen team)
18 Feb 2010 - 12.37pm
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.
Damien Service
Damien Service
17 Feb 2010 - 08.04pm
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.
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