Story: Kiwi

‘Goodnight Kiwi’

The ‘Goodnight Kiwi’, by animator Sam Harvey, appeared nightly to signal the end of transmission on Television New Zealand between 1981 and 1994. The animation ends with the kiwi, having turned out the light and put out a milk bottle, going to sleep in a satellite dish. It became a much-loved part of New Zealand culture. The instantly recognisable tune is 'Hine e hine', a lullaby written by Fanny Rose Howie.

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Jock Phillips, 'Kiwi - A kiwi country: 1930s–2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 15 May 2015