Kidzone

TVNZ and SKY have partnered to launch a 24 hour pre-school children’s channel on the SKY platform from 1 May called TVNZ Kidzone24.

TVNZ Kidzone24 will feature trusted educational and inspiring content for pre-school children in an advertising-free environment. 

Chief Executive Rick Ellis is delighted that SKY has made it possible for TVNZ to extend the popular Kidzone programming block beyond the two hours that are available on public service channel TVNZ 7.

“Kidzone has been an increasingly popular block of programming, providing educational and entertaining content for young New Zealanders, with a significant amount of locally produced programming.

“It is fantastic that we are now able to offer a commercially-viable, expanded Kidzone channel, on the SKY platform.

John Fellet, CEO of SKY Television, is equally thrilled to have Kidzone added to SKY’s existing offerings for family viewing.

“We are delighted to be working with TVNZ to assist them build what has been a very popular segment into a dedicated channel of its own.  The addition of TVNZ Kidzone24 to our range of family viewing options underlines our commitment to providing the widest selection of quality programming for all age groups,” he said.

The Kidzone24 programme schedule will be released in April and features existing favourites including Kidzone with Kayne, as well as new content with a learning focus.

The channel will be located on SKY Channel 046, within the stable of family channels and will be available as part of the SKY Basic Digital Package. Select content will also be available on iSKY.

Last week, John Drinnan suggested in the NZ Herald that TVNZ6 would be dumping Kidzone in favour of raunchy rock videos in a repositioning of the channel.  This has, of course, upset many parents who have enjoyed four years of free to air children’s programming to the point where they’ve started a group.

 

Typically, anything Drinnan writes should be viewed as being about 10% fact and 90% speculation so we asked TVNZ if there was any truth to his comments.  

Megan Richards told us that they felt the comments were a little premature considering the government is still only looking at options.  However, until the government has made a decision about what they’re wanting to do with the digital channels, TVNZ didn’t feel it was appropriate to make any other comments.

Both TVNZ 6 and 7 have been pivotal in many peoples decisions in purchasing a Freeview set top box.  Now that we have an analog switch off on the cards, the incentive of additional channels doesn’t necessarily apply.  Repositioning the channels to be fiscally responsible might be required but whether it’s realistic is a completely different question.

Both TVNZ’s digital channels have funding until the end of 2011 but changes are inevitable.  What that means for kidzone will depend on how commercially viable the decision makers in Wellington feel it can be.  Unfortunately, parents wanting a free babysitter probably don’t have too much sway in that conversation.

Daily during TVNZ 6 Kidzone

Kayne Peters invites Kiwi kids to have fun, while learning about themselves and their community in all new episodes of Kidzone, playing daily on TVNZ 6 Kidzone.

Kidzone plays in short segments in between programmes on TVNZ 6 Kidzone.
Each segment aims at helping children learn life skills: from cleaning their own teeth, to eating a variety of meals, or visiting Mum or Dad at work. The show uses the popular narrative style of one-on-one interaction with the presenter, and the repetition of rituals, such as chant or song, all of which combine to empower the viewer to try new things, both physically and verbally.

Parents can rest easy knowing that the Kidzone segments are produced, directed and written by early childhood experts. They are developmentally and age-appropriate and cover the early childhood curriculum, including early mathematics, science and language, with a large helping of problem-solving.

Presenter Kayne Peters, who has Tuwharetoa and Tainui connections, is a performing arts graduate with significant experience as a drama tutor in schools. Originally from South Auckland, Kayne has relocated to Dunedin to work with Pickled Possum productions on Kidzone.

“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 impact on their lives,” says Kayne.

“I want to encourage kids to give new stuff a go. We 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.”

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Kidzone

Daily during TVNZ Kidzone

Kayne Peters invites Kiwi kids to have fun, while learning about themselves and their community in new show Kidzone, playing daily on TVNZ Kidzone on TVNZ 6.

Kidzone plays in short segments in between programmes on TVNZ Kidzone. Each segment aims at helping children learn life skills: from cleaning their own teeth, to eating a variety of meals, or visiting Mum or Dad at work.
The show uses the popular narrative style of one-on-one interaction with the presenter, and the repetition of rituals, such as chant or song, all of which combine to empower the viewer to try new things, both physically and verbally.

Parents can rest easy knowing that the Kidzone segments are produced, directed and written by early childhood experts. They are developmentally and age-appropriate and cover the early childhood curriculum, including early mathematics, science and language, with a large helping of problem-solving.

Presenter Kayne Peters, who has Tuwharetoa and Tainui connections, is a performing arts graduate with significant experience as a drama tutor in schools. Originally from South Auckland, Kayne has relocated to Dunedin to work with Pickled Possum productions on Kidzone.

“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 impact on their lives,” says Kayne.

“I want to encourage kids to give new stuff a go. We 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.”

Kids will be amazed and enchanted to watch other children open up a huge painted chest and find a magical dress up box, where the costumes propel them into another world! It’s every kid’s fantasy, daily on locally-produced award-winning children’s programme The Dress-Up Box on TVNZ Kidzone, on TVNZ 6.

Set against the beautiful and diverse Canterbury landscape, each show offers a new story that features superbly crafted music videos that will enhance pre-schoolers’ love of make-believe and dressing-up, to introduce the pleasures of rhyme, rhythm and song. From pirates to fairies and everything in between, The Dress-Up Box is guaranteed to keep children spellbound!

The Dress-Up Box provides a literal interpretation of local stories, songs and people, with original music and lyrics by composer Felicity Williams, scripts and storylines by Sue Wolfenden, and 21 young talented Kiwi kids between the ages of 4 and 11, who attend the Christchurch drama school Mozarts.

“The programmes are one hundred percent child driven,” says Williams.

“All the heroes are children. It’s because of this that young viewers willingly enter the fantastic imaginary worlds of The Dress-Up Box.”

“The emphasis is on providing high quality television that parents can watch and enjoy with their children – and that viewing the programme stimulates imagination and creative play.”

Daily at 9am and 1pm on TV6

Exciting, poignant and funny, Milly, Molly follows the adventures of two friends in a small country town. Based on the international publishing hit by New Zealand author Gill Pittar, Milly, Molly celebrates difference, and promotes acceptance of diversity. Milly, Molly starts Tuesday 4 March, and plays at 9.10am and 1.10pm on TVNZ Kidzone on TVNZ 6.

Each episode of Milly, Molly has a subtle message about values such as honesty, persistence and responsibility, as well as teaching life skills like dealing with bullying, and forgiveness. Together Milly and Molly face the world and its complexities, but always manage to have fun.
Over 3.5 million copies of the Milly, Molly books have sold in 109 countries, with the series already translated into 26 languages. Milly, Molly is an animated series that aims to stimulate and challenge children, while being highly entertaining.

Author Gill Pittar says it is a thrill to see the characters come alive on screen.

“It’s so pleasing to realise the dream of having a TV programme for children that depicts everyday life and encourages sound values and good character.”

Daily, 9:10am and 1.10am on 6

TVNZ Kidzone runs daily on TVNZ 6 from 6am to 4pm. It provides a safe, fun, trusted learning environment, offering advertising-free, educational and entertaining programming with a New Zealand flavour.

The programming encourages children to explore and discover things in an exciting and stimulating way. This includes a programme made especially for TVNZ 6 called Kidzone. It is short-form programming wrapped around and in-between the other shows on TVNZ Kidzone. It is hosted by fresh new talent Kayne Peters, a young guy from South Auckland.

Other programmes in TVNZ Kidzone include: Fireman Sam, Numberjacks, Bumble, Maggie And The Ferocious Beast, Oswald, Party Animals, The Dress-Up Box, The Backyardigans, Caillou and more!

Daily from 6am to 4pm

Kidzone Daily on TVNZ Kidzone

Kayne Peters and his puppet mate Zoe invite Kiwi kids to have fun, while learning about themselves and their community in new show Kidzone, playing daily on TVNZ Kidzone on TVNZ 6.

Kidzone plays in short segments in between programmes on TVNZ Kidzone. Each segment aims at helping children learn life skills: from cleaning their own teeth, to eating a variety of meals, or visiting Mum or Dad at work. The show uses the popular narrative style of one-on-one interaction with the presenter, and the repetition of rituals, such as chant or song, all of which combine to empower kids to try new things, both physically and verbally.
Parents can rest easy knowing that the Kidzone segments are produced, directed and written by early childhood experts. They are developmentally and age-appropriate and cover the early childhood curriculum, including mathematics, science and language, with a large helping of problem-solving.

Presenter Kayne Peters, who has Tuwharetoa and Tainui connections, is a performing arts graduate with significant experience as a drama tutor in schools. Originally from South Auckland, Kayne has relocated to Dunedin to work with Pickled Possum Productions on Kidzone.

“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 impact on their lives,” says Kayne.

“I want to encourage kids to give new stuff a go. We 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.”

Below is a sneak-peak into what TVNZ 6’s Kidzone will be like. It is hosted by Kayne Peters.

Any thoughts?

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.