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
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:
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: