"Do you remember the

Goodnight Kiwi?"

  Once upon a time in New Zealand, television was not on all day and all night.

It used to stop around 11 o'clock at night so that people could get some sleep.


And right through the 80s and halfway through the 90s (from around 1980 to October 19, 1994), New Zealanders watching Television New Zealand were sent to bed by the Goodnight Kiwi, who shut up shop at the TV station to the gentle strains of a traditional Maori song, "Hine e Hine" (1905).

Take a look:

Yes, in October 1994 the Goodnight Kiwi was finally sent to bed too. From now on, you could watch TV as long as you liked, and watch practically anything you liked .... sex'n'drugs'n'rock'n'roll, so to speak. All thanks, of course, to the many sponsors, such as breweries, one of the biggest named after another New Zealand bird, the Tui.

And so it was only a matter of time before someone interpreted the demise of the Goodnight Kiwi in a more sinister way:

Goodnight Kiwi Axed:


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