From tonight, there will be some changes to the live Lotto draw.

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TV Presenters

Interesting reading about TV Presenters-with Petra and Corrin chosen to be the new Breakfast hosts. Made me reflect on a couple of weeks back I was watching lotto and their new male presenter was very amateur to say the least-stuffed up the entire show, I felt embarassed for Lotto. Here’s hoping Breakfast won’t be as bad as that!

TVNZ is looking to sell off its Avalon Studios in Lower Hutt which could see several shows make the move north to Auckland.

A spokeswoman for TVNZ said yesterday the broadcaster is reviewing its assets and that the studios will possibly be sold.

“Ideally we would like to sell it, but we don’t have a buyer. It’s not officially on the market,” Andi Brotherston said.

“We’re always looking at reviewing all our assets, and their value to us.”

The studio currently houses popular TVNZ features Good Morning and Lotto, with seasons of Dancing with the Stars also shot in the largest of the digital studios at the venue.

These shows would re-locate to Auckland should the Avalon studios be sold off.

A TVNZ source has said:  “Every single year they consider closing down Good Morning and moving to Auckland and Lotto moving to Auckland. There is definitely more in it [now] than … there has previously been. Someone said in six weeks’ time they’d have a definitive answer. I think it is … a little bit more definite this time.”

There are doubts as to the sales potential of the studios, with the source saying:  “It would be insanely expensive and it doesn’t produce much.”

Only TV One’s Good Morning show generates a profit due to its advertorial content.

In the past, classic kiwi shows such as What Now and Country Calendar have been produced at the Avalon site as well as specials like Test The Nation.

Source: Stuff

i tuned into lotto for the first time in ages last week and no more hillary…who is that guy on the program? He was weird and what happened to that polynesian guy?

In this year’s colossal Lotto Christmas Holiday promotion 1028 prizes worth a total of more than $4 million are up for grabs, including a massive $1 million house, says NZ Lotteries’ Chief Executive, Todd McLeay.

The Lotto Triple Dip Holiday promotion includes:

One house (worth $1million);
Two $500,000 holiday homes
Three car and boat packages;
Four VW Cabriolets;
Five wads of $50,000 cash;
Six summer vacations worth $25,000;
Seven $20,000 shopping sprees; and
1000 prizes of $1001

All customers need to do to be in to win is to buy a Triple Dip between 10 December and 7pm, 30 December 2006.

Players will either receive a voucher for the holiday prize draw or an instant prize of $1001 with their Triple Dip purchase. The 1000 prizes of $1001 can be won at any time during the three-week promotional period.

“When customers buy their Lotto Triple Dip ticket, winners of this prize will find out immediately that they have won $1,001 and will be assisted to fill in a Prize Claim Form to claim it.”

“Under our rules Lotto players who win $1,000 or less get paid in cash, but with the number of prizes on offer with this promotion we decided it would be easier for everyone if we co-ordinate payment from one point, which is why they will get the extra dollar,” says Mr McLeay.

The other 28 prizes will be drawn during the Lotto draw on Saturday 30 December. Results will be available at and at all NZ Lotteries outlets after the 9pm Lotto results show.