Hunter's Gold DVD promo

I was watching TV this morning when a TVNZ promo came on for one of their DVD releases which made a very interesting and, I believe, false claim.

The promo was for the DVD release of the 1976 South Pacific Television Production “Hunter’s Gold” and my complaint is that the promo credits the programme as a “TVNZ Classic”.

But wait a minute. How can this be?  TVNZ, as us TV history buffs know, wasn’t even a thought in the minds of “the powers that be” in broadcasting until 1978, and didn’t eventuate until 1980.

And secondly, Hunter’s Gold has, as far as I’m aware, never been re-screened on New Zealand television since the administration was established in 1980.

So how can TVNZ justify calling a South Pacific Television production, made before TVNZ even existed, a “TVNZ Classic”?

Even NZ On Screen credit “Hunter’s Gold” as being a South Pacific Television Production, and not a TVNZ one.

So would TVNZ, by right of reply, acknowledge that they made a mistake and would they be prepared to alter the packing and on-screen promotion for the DVD by adding both the TVNZ logo and the South Pacific Television logo?

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I am an avid fan of retro television (both New Zealand and international), as well as a collector of television network identification and channel openers
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