Long before 24-hour television, Goodnight Kiwi bade viewers goodnight at the end of each day's broadcasting. The short piece was animated by Sam Harvey to lullaby 'Hine e Hine'. For a generation of kids, it became a beloved symbol of staying up past your bedtime. The plucky kiwi shut up shop at the TV station, put out the milk, and went to sleep with The Cat. Earlier versions screened from 1974 to 1980, before this one, which ran until 1994. It later resurfaced on TVNZ 6 and TVNZ 7, and 2008 saw a new version. The character — called TV Kiwi by TVNZ — also featured on postage stamps and in hit movie Boy.
TV Kiwi was a star: famous enough that he had his own books and magazine, famous enough that other programmes have parodied him.– Jaquie Brown on 2009 TV show Rocked the Nation 2 - Top 100 Pop Culture Stories
‘Hine e Hine’ composed by Fanny Rose Howie (aka Te Rangi Pae)