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Boblins Daily, at 6.50am, 10.50am and 2.50pm

Boblins is an award-winning British animated series for preschoolers that screens worldwide, from Australia to North America, Scandinavia to the Caribbean, and throughout Europe.

The series launches in New Zealand on TVNZ 6 on September 30, where it plays three times each day within TVNZ Kidzone (6.50am, 10.50am and 2.50pm).
The Boblins are kind, loving, mischievous characters, who live in a land full of colour, existing in harmony with nature, and caring for the animals, plants and trees.

Each of the seven Boblins represents one of the seven colours of the rainbow and possesses the characteristics and mood associated with their colour:

Bodkin (Blue) is the calm and wise leader of the group; Onny (Orange) is loving, kind and motherly; Yam Yam (Yellow) is always happy and sometimes over excitable, but can always be relied upon to come up with a plan when one is needed; Gully (Green) is practical and hard-working – she looks after the animals that live on the farm and is very interested in recycling and the environment; Pi (Violet) is a mine of information, but he would rather make things up to hide the embarrassment of not knowing an answer; Pinny (Indigo) is very kind, creative, artistic and gentle and often paints pictures when she walks through the countryside; and Ruddle (Red) can be a little grumpy at times, but in a very funny way. He is practical, can fix anything and has his own workshop.

Child psychologist and Boblins consultant Julie Casey says the makers of the series wanted to offer parent and children viewers much more than the opportunity to keep busy and have fun.

“Watching the Boblins programmes, as one component of a varied ‘diet’ of activities, can provide opportunities to develop children’s relationships, knowledge and skills.

“The characters and stories can provide inspiration for imaginative and creative play, and can provide natural opportunities to develop children’s vocabulary and language skills, as they initiate discussion and ask questions about the programmes.

“The programmes also provide many opportunities for children and adults to talk about a range of topics, such as a character’s feelings, behaviour, why things happen, alternative ways of doing things, and to discuss different viewpoints.”

The makers of Boblins also provide activity packs for their young viewers. Parents can download the activities such as colouring-in pictures, join-the-dots and matching games from tvnz.co.nz, keyword: Boblins.

A contemporary local creative culture show, The Gravy is made by innovative, award-winning filmmakers Sticky Pictures (The Living Room), and profiles people creating visual art, fashion, dance, music and literature, and more.

The Gravy is led by creative New Zealanders Fran Kora (actor, musician, surfer), Ross Liew (graphic artist, curator, photographer) and Rachel Davies (writer, filmmaker, environmental crusader).

One in four episodes will feature a single subject, while the rest of the shows will be a collection of presenter-led stories and featured artists.

The Gravy will cover the breadth and depth of Aotearoa to find new creative talent, as well as shedding a fresh light on more established artists.

Meet our new Kidzone host, Kayne Peters. He appears in between programmes on TVNZ Kidzone, with his puppet friend Zoe, helping our pre-school viewers have fun while they’re learning about themselves, their community, and everyday life skills.

Kayne meets children and their families from around Aotearoa New Zealand, celebrating the ordinary and the extraordinary experiences that make up their daily lives. Kayne also explores many cultures that make up the tapestry of New Zealand society today.

Presenter Kayne Peters

Presenter Kayne Peters, who has Tuwharetoa and Tainui connections, is a performing arts graduate with significant experience as a drama tutor in schools.

Kayne Peters - Kidzone Host

“Coming from South Auckland, I have strong aroha for the young children of Aotearoa and want them to have role models who make a positive effect on their lives. I want to encourage kids to try new things. We also have heaps of opportunities on the show for viewers to meet lots of other children from different backgrounds who live in Aotearoa New Zealand. If I can show children that they are loved and respected, then I’ll be happy.”

Information For Parents and Caregivers

TVNZ Kidzone was conceived, written and produced by a team of early-childhood education professionals, and are developmentally and age-appropriate. The children featured in the segments are gathered from the wide range of ethnicities that make up New Zealand’s population. Healthy lifestyles are encouraged, including choices about food, sport and a positive, motivated attitude to life. Presenter Kayne Peters is a positive role model, showing good manners and consideration for others.