For those interested:

For those who can receive Triangle TV in Auckland or from its live stream on Ecasttv, the channel is broadcasting the Al Jazeera live feed of the US Elections from 10 am until 8 pm – uninterrupted! How’s that for public broadcasting?


We here at Triangle and Stratos are in shock at the damage to our colleagues at CTV and the Christchurch area. We would urge you all to donate your money, charity and blood to help out fellow Kiwis in need. Let’s hope that they can find more survivors in Christchurch.

Out of respect we have currently suspended broadcast of all CTV programs on Stratos, these are: Rob’s country, This Week in Canterbury and the Fishing Paper Show.

A prize for a NZ film maker to fly to Bollywood and walk the red carpet at India’s Film Festival is up for grabs. It is part of the competition being held in association with the “Indian Film Festival 2010 – Bollywood and Beyond”. Find out more on , but the short film has to be less than 10 minutes long and have something to do with India, such as the location, cast or reference to the Indian culture. The deadline for entries is February 28.

Triangle and Stratos have teamed up with World Movies Channel in India and Australia and Australia’s public broadcasting TV channel SBS as electronic media partners for the film festival, which will screen in Australia in March and at the Rialto Cinemas in Auckland from April 15. Triangle and Stratos already screen a wide range of Indian programmes including new movies, a couple of weekly Bollywood round ups, news from Pakistan, India, New Zealand and Fiji and a range of programmes in Punjabi and Hindi.

New Zealand football fans will be able to see regular international and domestic competition on free-to-air television for the first time in over a decade from next month.

Triangle and Stratos Television and the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) have signed a deal that will see a variety of football games from New Zealand, the Pacific and around the world screened on Triangle and on Stratos via its channels on Sky Digital, Freeview and Telstra Clear cable.

Jim Blackman, chief executive and cofounder of Triangle and Stratos Television, says he and his team are happy to play a key role in such an exciting initiative.

“I congratulate OFC on its courage and determination to make the sport more widely available,” he says. “We are looking forward to working with OFC to screen football at its many levels.”

Recent research by FIFA, football’s world governing body, shows that there are more than half a million football players in the Oceania region, which covers New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu. Major matches in strongholds like the Solomon Islands regularly attract sell-out crowds of more than 20,000.

Tai Nicholas, OFC’s general secretary, says the joint venture will bring back quality football action and news to “free TV”.

“Given that football is regarded as the World Game, I think it is highly appropriate our content will broadcast on Triangle TV – the station that specialises in culturally diverse programming from all corners of the globe,” Mr Nicholas says.

“New Zealand is a multi-cultural country and Triangle and Stratos are perfectly position to leverage the passion of our various immigrant football fans from Africa, South America, the Middle East and closer to home the Pacific Islands.”

Highlights and full matches of OFC’s top football competitions will screen from next month, both mid-week and weekends – and will include matches from the OFC U-20 Women’s Championship to be played at North Harbour Stadium from October 5.

That will be followed by OFC’s Premier Club Competition – the 2009/10 O-League, which kicks off on October 17 with matches in Auckland and Noumea. The O-League this year includes eight teams – two from NZ, New Caledonia and Tahiti in Group A and Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu in Group B.

Three times a week HBTV interviews local personalities and discusses issues affecting the Hawke’s Bay region (Stratos Mon, Wed, Fri at 7.30pm)

The Beatson Interview
Veteran New Zealand broadcaster David Beatson hosts a weekly interview show with Auckland and New Zealand newsmakers, politicians and interesting characters. (Stratos and TTV Tue at 9pm)

In Conversation
Noel Cheer is In Conversation with interesting people from around the country and tackles a wide variety of fields of subjects and interests in a relaxed and erudite manner. (Stratos and TTV Thu at 9pm)

In Depth
Local current affairs show exploring news items of interest to the local community in the Waikato. Made by tvCentral. (Stratos Thu at 7.30pm)

Bomber’s Blog
New Zealand’s “most opinionated man” Martyn Bomber Bradbury serves up his satirical brand of alternative media commentary to anyone who finds today’s mainstream, corporate-owned news offerings a tad unpalatable. (Stratos Tue at 9.30pm, TTV Wed at 9.45pm)

SUNDAY NIGHT OUT is the first ever festival season of iconic New Zealand-made gay and lesbian films and documentaries to screen on NZ television.

In what is described as a collaborative first, film and television makers, the Film Commission and Film Archive have all joined together to showcase an outstanding line-up of productions from their collections, many of which have only had limited release.

Series producer Deb Faith is thrilled at the line up of programming with great classics such as SQUEEZE and JEWELS DARL along with a selection of award-winning documentaries from the recent TAKATAAPUI TV series screened on Maori TV.

Also included amongst other short films and other documentaries is NAUGHTY LITTLE PEEPTOE –  recollections from women’s shoe connoisseur Doug George; made by Garth Maxwell and Peter Wells.

SUNDAY NIGHT OUT opens on July 26 at 9.30pm and runs for 11 weeks until 4 October


Coverage of the ITFNZ National Tournament, where over 300 competitors from around New Zealand converge to determine the nation’s best.

TTV Wellington on Sundays at 7.30pm; TTV Auckland on Saturdays at 7.30pm; Stratos on Tuesdays at 9pm


A series exploring and celebrating New Zealand’s rich spiritual diversity. During each half-hour programme Chris Nichol speaks with a different guest about their personal spirituality and how it helps shape their everyday life.

TTV Auckland on Thursdays 8.30pm; TTV Wellington on Mondays 11pm; Stratos on Wednesdays 9.30pm


Fri 3 October: US vice presidential debate:
10pm TTV Akl and Wel, 10.30pm Stratos

Wed 8 October: US presidential debate 2:
10pm TTV Akl and Wel, 10.30pm Stratos

Thu 16 October: US presidential debate 3:
10pm TTV Akl, 9pm TTV Wel, 10.30pm Stratos

Triangle Television puts trees before a party Thousands of pohutukawas are to be planted on Motutapu Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf as part of Triangle Television’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

The Auckland station celebrates a decade of broadcasting this month (August) and so is inviting viewers and supporters across the country to take part in a project that will establish a forest of thousands of trees near Home Bay on the island.

The whole island is undergoing a long-term regeneration process thanks to the efforts of the Department of Conservation, Motutapu Restoration Trust, and volunteers and supporters – including Triangle TV.

Triangle Television’s CEO Jim Blackman says he is proud to spearhead a gift of 2000 pohutukawas to the people of Auckland.

“The Triangle Television trees will provide shade and beauty for future generations of visitors and campers on Motutapu and, once again, in the height of summer, Home Bay will abound with crimson.”

Consistent with the station’s commitment to servicing the community, Blackman expects the project to help the station become carbon-neutral.

Everyone is invited to support the project with a donation of $50 – the cost of buying, planting and maintaining a pohutukawa tree.

Motutapu Restoration Trust spokeswoman Mary Flaws says Triangle Television’s contribution will be of significant benefit to the trust’s work.

“We have a long-term working plan – stretching out to the middle of the century,” says Flaws. “Some aspects of the planting could be done quickly by professionals. But ours is a long-term community project involving children and adults.

“Our need has been for funding to make it happen…Triangle Television has risen to this challenge. With its anniversary project, people who purchase a tree will develop a sense of ownership – a collective of individual actions leading to a great result.”

Department of Conservation’s project manager of the Rangitoto-Motutapu Pest Eradication Project is Richard Griffiths. He says Triangle Television’s pohutukawa trees will help form the basis for a coastal forest ecosystem.

“Within two to three years, the trees will start shading out pasture grasses and you’ll see a dramatic change. Leaf litter will build up, creating a habitat suitable for invertebrates, reptiles and forest birds. It’s amazing how quickly it happens”.

Blackman says the station decided to do something different to celebrate its first decade in broadcasting.

“Instead of the typical social function we decided to give back to the community that has supported us so well over the years,” he says.

Triangle Television and TelstraClear have joined forces and now bring the regional broadcaster to InHome digital cable subscribers in Wellington and Christchurch on Channel 50.

“This is a very welcome move for Triangle Wellington,” says Jim Blackman, Chief Executive Officer of Triangle Television. “We will now reach audiences in the reception black spots caused by the geography of the Wellington region, as well as those people in Christchurch who have been missing out on what we have to offer.”

The quality of cable reception has made TelstraClear InHome service a popular option for viewers in the region – the network has 48,000 subscribers.

TelstraClear Television Co-ordinator Rachael Davidson says Triangle Television is the latest in a line-up of 10 new stations that have gone to air on the service in recent months.

The new channel will specifically bring TelstraClear customers a unique blend of local and global programming from a number of sources, along with programmes that have been provided by other regional stations and many of New Zealand’s ethnic and minority groups. Top flight international news services and current affairs shows from prestigious global broadcasters including Germany’s DW-TV, Voice of America and Al Jazeera are also part of the line-up.

Though many of the programmes are in English, some will be in other languages offering new immigrants and people learning a new language the opportunity to listen to international news in the local tongue.

Triangle Television will also encourage local groups, individuals and organisations to produce their own programming to reflect the greater Wellington region.

Mr Blackman says: “Triangle is all about diversity – by providing a local platform for regional programmes, we really can reflect the colour of New Zealand life.

“Since we have been on air in Wellington, we have experienced tremendous support from viewers and have been especially thrilled to give local Wellington programme makers the chance to screen their programmes nationally on our affiliated national satellite channel, Stratos, which is available on both Freeview (Channel 21) and Sky (Channel 89).”