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TVNZ6 has just achieved a great milestone in forging a three party partnership between Te Papa, Vero and TVNZ 6 to create a new way of presenting some of the nation’s treasures to the people to whom they belong.

Tales from Te Papa is a new TVNZ 6 series of two to five minute programmes leading the viewers on an insider’s tour of significant treasures from the vast collections held by Te Papa and other museums, not normally on display. Each object tells a unique story about culture, history, science and exploration. These national treasures will now be documented in a fashion which will be accessible to generations of New Zealanders to come, on every screen, online, and in schools.

This is a great step forward for our young channel because TVNZ 6 is now partnering with yet another New Zealand institution, Te Papa, building on the special relationship TVNZ and Te Papa already enjoy. Significantly, this is also the first time that TVNZ 6 is seen as a partner with an organisation from the private sector, thanks to the foresight of Vero in offering the project support.

Sustainability film challenge asks the hard questions.

Are we on the verge of something huge? Can small actions by lots of people create positive change? What does sustainability really mean? Those are the questions young New Zealanders up to the age of 24 are being asked to consider this year, when they enter the sustainability film challenge, TVNZ 6 Presents The Outlook for Someday.

Now in its third year, the challenge is to make a short sustainability-related film of any length up to 5 minutes. The entry deadline is 18 September and information and an entry form are on the project website at www.theoutlookforsomeday.net.

TVNZ 6 is pleased to partner with this project for a third year. “Sustainability is an issue which has serious implications across our society, on the environment, on the economy, on health and so on,” says Eric Kearley, TVNZ’s Head of Digital Services. “Through TVNZ 6 we focus on these core issues that really have an impact on people’s lives. We feel we are in very good company with this partnership.”

Entrants are encouraged to choose any genre they like, to film with any camera they like, and to interpret ‘sustainability’ in the way that makes best sense to them.

“It’s an opportunity for young people to contribute big visions and fresh ideas to their rapidly changing world,” explains Project Director, David Jacobs. “We don’t mind if their focus is global or local – what we are asking for is their take on what’s happening around them.”

This year the age limit for entries has been increased to 24 to align it with international definitions of ‘youth’.

“We’re hoping for some entries by talented tertiary-age film-makers but we also want to keep encouraging younger entrants,” says David Jacobs.

Last year the 20 winning films came from throughout New Zealand from film-makers aged 6 to 20, telling stories in a wide range of genres including dramas, documentaries and animations.

This year, as well as the 20 winning films, there will be seven special awards, including a Primary / Intermediate School Film-makers Award and a Secondary School Film-makers Award.

The winning films will be announced at TVNZ 6 Presents The Outlook for Someday Awards towards the end of the year. They will then be broadcast on TVNZ 6 on both Freeview (channel 6) and SKY Television (channel 16). A television special is also planned, featuring some of the winning films.

TVNZ’s digital channel – TVNZ 6 – has raised nearly $40,000 for the Starship Foundation through an auction of portraits of well-known New Zealanders painted by Stephen ‘Marty’ Welch for the channel’s art series The Sitting.

Portraits of Lucy Lawless, Kevin Milne, Luke Thompson, Mike Hosking, Buckwheat, Suzanne Paul, Pam Corkery, Ian Mune Jan Maree, Sunday Holiday, Jacob Rajan, Tau Maukia and Ian Stables went under the hammer at the auction, held last night at the SOCA gallery in Auckland.

The highest bid of the night was for the Lucy Lawless portrait, which went for $11,000.

All the portraits were painted as part of the TVNZ 6 show The Sitting, in which highly-regarded New Zealand portraitist Marty Welch engages his subjects in conversation while he sketches and paints – exploring their pasts and revealing new information about them.

The programme is produced for TVNZ 6 by Top Shelf Productions and goes to air on Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

TVNZ’s General Manager of Digital Services, Eric Kearley, says last night’s charity auction was a huge success and a highly appropriate way of linking art, television and service to the community.

“This kind of television has a special role to play in our society, and we are absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to assist the Starship Foundation through the calibre of the artist, the merit of the programme and the willingness of high profile New Zealanders to take part in it.”

Starship Foundation Chief Executive Andrew Young said he had not seen such ferocious and excited bidding all year. “The response to the auction was nothing short of amazing and I am so grateful for the huge generosity shown.”

All the portraits will now hang for two months in the National Portrait Gallery in Wellington before going to their new owners. Loaning them to an exhibition at the Gallery during December and January was a condition of purchase.

Sunday 5 October, 8.30pm

Talk Talk is back! A nosy and entertaining talk show series filled with conversation, music and a determination to probe into the lives of artistic New Zealanders, Talk Talk screens on TVNZ 6 Showcase Sundays and Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

Talk Talk presenter Finlay Macdonald interviews Poet Laureate Michele Leggott and Central Otago artist Grahame Sydney. Blues band The Broken Heartbreakers perform.

Sunday 5 October, 8.00pm

New Zealand is a country of Animal Lovers. With nearly 800,000 dogs and 1.5 million cats, we have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world. TVNZ 6 Family is delighted to bring New Zealanders a new family television series, hosted by Sarah Ulmer and Jeremy Maguire, for people passionate about animals – Animal Academy.

Sarah Ulmer gets to meet Jeremy Maguire’s dog Fyffe in this week’s episode of Animal Academy. They spend a day with Alf, who runs his own pet shop, and head to Kawerau to visit 11-year-old Jonathon Smith who keeps a 200-kilogram wild boar as a pet. Vet Deborah Simpson performs a dog hip operation and Jeremy gets hands on with some Madagascan lemurs and cotton-top tamarins.

Sunday 5 October, 5.30pm

in beTWEEN is a new local issues-based series for tweens presented by Julia Wright and Jeremy Hollis in front of a live studio audience. The show deals with all the hard stuff that tweens want to know about but don’t know who to ask.

Topics include dating, bullying, sport, sex, friends, music, and parents. in beTWEEN questions tweens about their feelings and knowledge on the topics and also includes interviews with well-known Kiwis such as Temepara George, Anna Fitzpatrick, Carena West and Junior from Nesian Mystic, Hayley Holt and Lani Purkis from Elemeno P.

This time on in beTWEEN, Julia and Jeremy tackle the tough topic of divorce. They find out what really happens behind closed doors at the family court; offer tips for living in two homes; and Pamela Marker from Girlfriend magazine tells us how she coped when her folks split up.

Sunday 28 September, 8.30pm

Talk Talk is back! A nosy and entertaining talk show series filled with conversation, music and a determination to probe into the lives of artistic New Zealanders, Talk Talk screens on TVNZ 6 Showcase Sundays and Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

Talk Talk presenter Finlay Macdonald talks to Wellington-based musician Ladi 6 as well as painter Karl Maughan. Ladi 6 performs a track.

Sunday 28 September, 5.30pm

in beTWEEN is a new local issues-based series for tweens presented by Julia Wright and Jeremy Hollis in front of a live studio audience. The show deals with all the hard stuff that tweens want to know about but don’t know who to ask.

Topics include dating, bullying, sport, sex, friends, music, and parents. in beTWEEN questions tweens about their feelings and knowledge on the topics and also includes interviews with well-known Kiwis such as Temepara George, Anna Fitzpatrick, Carena West and Junior from Nesian Mystic, Hayley Holt and Lani Purkis from Elemeno P.
In this episode of in beTWEEN, we find out how to make a music video; a committed hip hop fan is forced to listen to other types of music; and two music stars – Willy Manukia from Spacifix and Lani Purkis from Elemeno P – talk about the reality of being a musician in New Zealand.

Sunday 28 September, 8.00pm

New Zealand is a country of Animal Lovers. With nearly 800,000 dogs and 1.5 million cats, we have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world. TVNZ Family is delighted to bring New Zealanders a new family television series, hosted by Sarah Ulmer and Jeremy Maguire, for people passionate about animals – Animal Academy.

Willowbank Wildlife Park Head Ranger Jeremy Maguire has always had an affinity for animals. “I started off with guinea pigs, rabbits and goldfish and graduated to a dog called Finn – a terrier,” he says. “Finn is still around at 11 years old, and he’s best friends with my own dog Fyffe. I have a few tropical fish – which are dwindling in numbers. But, of course, I have a massive collection of animals at work. My animals are more varied than anyone’s!”
He admits that he has pretty much landed his dream job when he got the role at Willowbank Wildlife Park. “I guess I knew what I was going to be when I saw the ad for it in the paper. I’ve always enjoyed being with animals and watched all the animal TV shows. I did the Parks and Recreation degree at Lincoln University, so I was always going to do something outdoorsy. As soon as I saw the ad for Willowbank Park Warden in the paper, I knew that that was what I wanted to do.”

Over the years, his work with animals has taken him to many amazing places, including the Galapagos Islands. “I went over there as part of a team assembled from people in New Zealand to live capture donkeys. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch any donkeys because the tranquilisers didn’t work! The donkeys just hee-hawed back into the forest!

Jeremy has also been to the Chathams to live capture weka to start a breeding programme. “We were more successful with that expedition than with the Galapagos Islands! We caught 13 weka, which was our quota. We’ve had some success with that programme too – we’ve hatched about seven chicks so far.”

So with so many to choose from, what is his favourite animal? “Fyffe is pretty special because he’s my dog. I really like Charlie the chimpanzee at Willowbank, and I like pigs too. Pigs are underrated!”

Jeremy has had a ball working with co-host Sarah Ulmer and says that they have more than a love of animals in common. “I love bikes – my mountain bike and road bike. I guess I have that in common with Sarah!”

This week, Sarah Ulmer and Jeremy Maguire meet Elle and Paul who keep Pukekos as pets; master dog groomer Shelia Morris brings out the brushes; and resident vet Deborah performs the complicated procedure of a dog speying. Plus, Jeremy swims with New Zealand’s own rare Hector’s dolphins.

Sunday 21 September, 9.00pm

Hosted by Ross Liew, Warren Maxwell from Little Bushmen and actor/performer Gabe McDonnell, series two of underground arts show The Gravy returns to TVNZ Showcase on TVNZ 6 this Sunday at 9.00pm.

The Gravy is a hot, contemporary culture show made especially for TVNZ Showcase.
In the first episode of series two, viewers meet musician and The Gravy presenter, Warren Maxwell. Warren will introduce himself, his family, his band, and the three-day musical festival Parihaka.

Warren, or “big shiny star” as his band mates call him, is one of the most well-respected musicians currently working in New Zealand. Warren has performed with celebrated New Zealand bands such as Southside of Bombay and Trinity Roots. His latest project – Little Bushmen – are a critically acclaimed rock band. Since their formation in 2006 they have been gaining respect and audiences all over New Zealand.

Viewers will also meet the other band members: Rick Cranson, and Joe and Tom Callwood, and will learn that rock and roll isn’t quite as hard-core as you think. The team travel to Parihaka, the Pa site in Taranaki (home to the music festival of the same name) and learn the history of the place and the people.

In the second story of episode one, viewers will meet another performer – the indomitable Lisa Tomlins. Lisa has recorded and performed with scores of great New Zealand musicians including Hollie Smith, Rhombus, Twinset, Barnaby Weir, Jonathan Crayford, Recloose, and Trinity Roots to name but a few.

The Gravy heads out to Lisa’s stomping ground – The Hutt Valley, and learns about Lisa’s other great passion – pole dancing. What started as a way to build up a bit of fitness, and a bit of a laugh, has now turned into a full-blown love affair as Lisa now teaches pole dancing and shows viewers a few of her moves.