Save TVNZ 7 public meetings

The Save TVNZ 7 campaign has announced a series of public meetings around the country which ask: Is Public Service Television Important in NZ?

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The Save TVNZ 7 campaign has announced a series of public meetings around the country which ask: Is Public Service Television Important in NZ?

“Obviously it’s a rhetorical question, but an important one,” says Myles Thomas, of Save TVNZ 7. “Our only public service TV channel is about to close leaving us with what? TV One + 1 and a lost opportunity.”

The Save TVNZ 7 campaign has announced a series of public meetings around the country which ask: Is Public Service Television Important in NZ?

“Obviously it’s a rhetorical question, but an important one,” says Myles Thomas, of Save TVNZ 7. “Our only public service TV channel is about to close leaving us with what? TV One + 1 and a lost opportunity.”

“Public Service TV is just taking off with 1.4 million Kiwis watching it each month* and it’s climbing,” said Myles Thomas of the Save TVNZ 7 group.

“Any TV channel takes time to get started and in four short years TVNZ 7 has built a passionate and enthusiastic audience without promotions or listings - just old fashioned word-of-mouth because the programmes are so brilliant. And like the success of public service radio, TVNZ 7 is proving Kiwis want quality TV that is about life in New Zealand and isn’t about amassing the largest audience possible to attract advertisers. Sadly all the TVNZ 7 programmes are going to disappear at the end of June when Government funding for the channel stops.”

Public Meeting in Auckland to be chaired by Brian Edwards

The first Save TVNZ 7 meeting is in Auckland - May 15, 7-9pm, Freemans Bay Community Centre - The panel of speakers from political parties and experts will be moderated by Brian Edwards. The audience will be asking questions too and it promises to be standing room only in the large hall so get there early.

Details: Free entry, tea and coffee available, entry on Hepburn Street Ponsonby

Other meetings are happening in Wellington on May 21, Nelson on May 25, Christchurch on May 28, and Palmerston North, Dunedin and Hamilton in June. More details here.


The Save TVNZ 7 Online Petition
Only a couple of weeks after the petition smashed through 10,000 online ‘signatures’ we’re about to reach 20,000.  The response has been incredible and it just shows that as the deadline looms, more and more of the 1.4 million Kiwis who watch TVNZ 7 each month, are realising what they’ll be missing come July when lack of government funding closes NZ’s only public service TV channel.


Clare Curran’s Private Member’s Bill to Save TVNZ 7
Save TVNZ 7 eagerly anticipates the announcement of Clare Curran’s proposed legislation that will enshrine public service TV for the good of all New Zealanders. We endorse the efforts Clare Curran and Peter Dunne have made to ask the government and TVNZ to reverse the decision to close TVNZ 7.

Media Release: Save TVNZ 7

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

11 May 2012

The Big Idea Editor Cathy Aronson is a journalist, photo journalist and digital editor.

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