Radar’s Patch

Te Radar’s new series Global Radar looks to be on way to kiwi screens in the next couple of months.

The comic posted this message on his Facebook page:

“For those who have kindly asked, it looks like the new series will be hitting your screens in August. There is some travel involved in this one, so they didn’t let me have as many chickens.”

TVNZ shows dominated the Qantas Film and Television Awards 2010 winning 14 out of 24 possible accolades in the General Television categories. Among the big winners was TV2’s drama series The Cult and TV ONE’s South. 

A finalist in nine categories, Great Southern Television production The Cult won six awards, including Cinematography, Best Original Music and Best Editing as well as Best Actress for Danielle Cormack, Best Supporting Actress for Lisa Chappell, and Best Contribution to Design.

TV ONE’s local content also triumphed with Jam TV winning four of awards including Best Information/Lifestyle Programme for Radar’s Patch, Best Director for South, and Best Observational Reality Series for Intrepid Journeys and Marcus Lush winning Best Presenter for South.

KHF Media’s Emmy Award-winning online drama, Reservoir Hill, won the Qantas Cure Kids Best Children’s Programme award and is a tribute to the shows success on global scale. Reservoir Hill returned to TVNZ Ondemand for a second series this week and continues to break new ground online.

Andrew Shaw, Head of Commissioning, is thrilled with the outcome. He says, “to have won an Emmy Award and now be recognised locally is an all round great achievement.

“The success of TVNZ’s first online drama series demonstrates the strength of programming across all platforms and our ability to inspire New Zealanders on every screen,” he continues.

“It is the knowledge base and strength of the TVNZ drama commissioning and programming teams, who worked closely with New Zealand’s leading production companies to create these shows, which continues to see us win awards year on year.

TVNZ News and Current Affairs shows also won eight out of the possible 11 Qantas Awards available, including Best News, Journalist of the Year, and Best Current Affairs. Paul Henry also won the inaugural New Idea People’s Choice Award.



General Television


Best Information/Lifestyle Programme Radar’s Patch, Jane Andrews, Jam TV Ltd

Best Observational Reality Series Intrepid Journeys, Dean Cornish, Jam TV Ltd

Best Constructed Reality Series One Land, Greg Heathcote and Bailey Mackey, Eyeworks New Zealand

Best Presenter – Entertainment/Factual Programme Marcus Lush, South, Jam TV Ltd

Best Director – Entertainment/Factual Programme Melanie Rakena, South, Jam TV Ltd

Kordia Group Ltd Best Multi Camera Direction Steve Jamieson, Heineken Open Tennis Final 2010



Best Performance by an Actress in General Television Danielle Cormack, The Cult, Great Southern Television Ltd

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in General Television Lisa Chappell, The Cult, Great Southern Television Ltd

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in General Television Matt Whelan, Go Girls, South Pacific Pictures

Best Current Affairs Camera Martin Anderson, ‘Lost And Found’, 20/20

Best Cinematography – Drama/Comedy Programme Simon Reira, The Cult, Great Southern Television Ltd

Images and Best Sound Editing – Drama/Comedy Programme Eric de Beus, The Cult, Great Southern Television Ltd

Best Original Music in General Television Rhian Sheehan, The Cult, Great Southern Television Ltd

Best Contribution To Design in General Television David Cooke, The Cult, Great Southern Television Ltd



Qantas Best Children’s/Youth Programme Reservoir Hill, KHF Media Ltd

7:00pm Sunday, April 4 on TV One

Sustainability poster boy Te Radar decided it would be a waste to put his box of eco-friendly skills away in the shed, so he’s taking his Off The Radar skills and is about to put them to good use in TV ONE’s new local show, Radar’s Patch.

“I have forsaken the country and moved onto the classic Kiwi quarter-acre paradise, to see how that can sustain me. Less cows, more chickens, and theoretically more time to potter about,” says Te Radar.

Te Radar is given one growing season to weave his magic on an overgrown jumble of suburban weeds. His challenge is to create a green backyard – green in the sense of being lush with produce, maintained with recycled materials, and using organic methods. So how did he view the quarter acre before he started this? “I viewed it as a very sustainable size of section. Enough room to live and grow and play,” he says.

“Radar’s Patch proves gardening isn’t simple, and all of those people who felt professional gardeners on TV made it look too easy will breathe a sigh of relief when they see me proving that. They can then go about their gardening merrily growing things that bugs eat and mildew kills. I also learnt it is possible to have too many apple cucumbers,” he says.

Thankfully, each week Te Radar visits someone who knows what they are talking about, and gathers skills to build, brew, fix, cook and create eco-gadgets and money saving items.

Tough times make it the perfect time to motivate people to focus on recycling to create a greener backyard. Even if their eye is more on the back pocket than the earth, its something positive for everyone. Radar’s projects won’t be the kind seen in a design magazine but it will be low impact, and if people follow in his footsteps, they too could have their own unique patch that can nourish the body and soul without warming the planet.