For almost 20 years an animated Kiwi and Cat signalled the end of the evening’s television transmission on TVNZ. Now, the beloved characters are back to be introduced to another generation.
There’s not many adults who grew up in New Zealand who won’t remember Goodnight Kiwi. In the days when TV didn’t play all day and all night (those were the days!), a cute animated short of a Kiwi and his Cat shutting down the TV station and settling into bed delighted young and old. The tune used in the animation is an arrangement of a Māori lullaby, ‘Hine e Hine’.
Goodnight Kiwi returns
Now TVNZ have brought back Goodnight Kiwi and Cat for a brand new show for kids. The animated characters will be joined by TV and radio personalities who will read popular bedtime stories from New Zealand authors, creating a beautiful new bedtime treat for kids.
The problem with the old Goodnight Kiwi was that you had to wrangle a really late bedtime as a kid to be able to see them. Now, thanks to the technology of streaming, Goodnight Kiwi can make an appearance whenever you decide that bedtime has arrived for your child.
Written by Julie Scanlon including content provided by The Warehouse
Julie is Editor for Kidspot NZ and our MVP. Her hobbies include laughing uncontrollably at her own jokes, annoying her family by asking questions about movie plots, and never taking anything too seriously. She speaks a little Spanish and a lot of Yorkshire.
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