Say goodbye to Eating Media Lunch and Cover Story re-runs – It’s the end for TVNZ Heartland

TVNZ Heartland, currently broadcast on Sky Channel 017, will finish up on May 31.

The agreement between TVNZ and SKY for the provision of Heartland is not being renewed.

TVNZ Head of Content Jeff Latch says Heartland has had a great run with some fantastic shows.

“We had Kiwi Gold hosted by Penny Ashton which looked at some of the best moments in NZ broadcasting history and we won’t easily forget original shows like I Was There and There and Back.

Heartland will celebrate its time on air with viewers being given the chance to vote for their top ten programmes which will be played out across the final weekend.

Here’s its launch:

Rob Harley investigates the death of Trent Keegan on TVNZ Heartland


Channel Premiere
TVNZ HEARTLAND – Sunday 17 February, 7.30pm

Documentary maker Rob Harley investigates the death of Trent Keegan, an adventurous Kiwi freelance photographer, who was found murdered in a ditch in Nairobi, Kenya in May 2008.

Just before he died, Trent had been on a photo assignment in Northern Tanzania, covering a land dispute between a safari company and Masai tribe’s people.

Trent’s laptop and camera were stolen when he was murdered, but the robbers left his bulging wallet and passport on his body.

Rob Harley sets out to investigate. He travels deep into to the wild safari lands of East Africa and into one of the world’s toughest prisons, looking for clues into Trent’s death.

With no suspects in custody, Trent’s family were desperate for answers and the documentary makers managed to force a major break in an International murder mystery during the course of filming.

Rock the Boat – The Story of Radio Hauraki to screen on Heartland


TVNZ HEARTLAND – Saturday 9 February, 8.30pm

This documentary charts the formation of Radio Hauraki, New Zealand’s first ‘pirate’ radio station, led by journalist David Gapes.

In December 1966 Radio Hauraki began broadcasting from a boat in the Hauraki Gulf.

The refusal of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation to grant them a license forced the production team to take to the waters and become a pirate radio station.

This documentary tells the turbulent story of the first few years of the radio station, through water-front battles with police to shipwreck, and to the eventual successful granting of a land-based broadcasting license.

Popular series ‘The Strip’ to re-run on Heartland

THE STRIP – Series 1
TVNZ HEARTLAND – Thursday 9 August, 10pm

Acclaimed drama series, The Strip is to be re-screened on TVNZ Heartland.

The show about corporate lawyer Melissa Walker (Luanne Gordon) who quits her job after finding her husband (Stephen Bain) in bed with his male lover.

Walker starts wondering what happened to her life and when she last had fun.

Finding her best friend Kathryn (Jodie Rimmer) on a girls’ night out, Melissa decides to get out of the rat race and open a male strip club.

Sarah Bradley returns to TV with ‘Entertaining in Style’

Hosted by Sarah Bradley, Entertaining in Style with The Australian Women’s Weekly revolves around four Kiwi family occasions where The Australian Women’s Weekly experts help to plan and prepare for the event to make it both stylish and memorable.

The series shows viewers how easy it is to plan a great event with a little DIY know-how. Our style, fashion and food experts share their knowledge and experience to make the money go further and the result more spectacular.

During the series, the team will help create: a mouth-watering long Italian lunch; a 68th wedding anniversary; a welcome to the world party for twins; and a gorgeous beach wedding. The magazine’s experts appearing in the show include celebrity cook Jo Seagar, interior stylist Melissa Greenough and fashion expert Anna Caselberg.

In the first episode, Sandy is a breast cancer survivor who volunteers for many organisations in the Tauranga area. Giving freely of her time and energy, she’s making a big difference to many people on a daily basis. Now it’s time for her to be on the receiving end.

With an Italian heritage, Sandy adores Italy and all it has to offer – especially the food. Returning to Italy is on Sandy’s wish list, but in the meantime, Sandy’s daughter Janine has decided to hold a Long Italian Lunch in Auckland, bringing together immediate family and close friends.

With the assistance of the EIS team of experts, Janine’s lounge is transformed into a glamorous dining room, Sandy gets an amazing makeover, and we surprise her with a celebrity guest. Finally we serve five delicious courses of Italian cuisine.

Entertaining in Style with The Australian Women’s Weekly premieres on Sunday 3 June at 7.30pm on TVNZ Heartland. Highlights and recipes from each episode will appear within editorial features inside The Australian Women’s Weekly’s June and July issues.

Entertaining In Style with The Australian Women’s Weekly

Sunday 3 June, 7.30pm

New Zild: The Story of New Zealand English

New Zild: The Story of New Zealand English
Sunday 15 January, 7.30pm

New to Heartland, tonight’s heart of the Heartland documentary, New Zild is the story of New Zealand English. Presented by Jim Mora, it examines where our accent came from, what is unique about it, how it has evolved over the last 200 years, and what it might sound like 100 years into the future. Will we all start sounding like Judy Bailey or Lynn of Tawa?

New Zild: The Story of New Zealand English looks at the regional variations of our dialect, such as the so-called ‘Rolling R’ of Southland, and the different words that West Coasters use. It examines the way that Maori have evolved their own distinct form of New Zealand English, and it questions our attitudes and prejudices towards the sound of our own voice.

Doing a bit of ‘linguistic archaeology’, New Zild goes in search of the earliest roots of the New Zealand accent – to find out where it was first spoken and by whom – and what it sounded like. The Origins of New Zealand English (ONZE) project at Canterbury University holds some unique recordings. They were made in the 1940s and are of NZ born speakers in their 80s and 90s. This meant that they learned to speak in the 1850s and 1860s – during the times of the Gold Rush and the New Zealand Wars. These were the first speakers of our accent.

On the surface it might seem like a dry and worthy topic, but it is treated in a very entertaining way. It’s quite hard to illustrate the sounds of our accent – we’re so used to it that we don’t perceive it as being special. Comedians are particularly adept at spotting trends in speech and highlighting them. Examples are: Fred Dagg, who highlighted the speech of the ‘post-colonial bloke’; Lynn of Tawa – who satirised the way young suburban females were beginning to speak; and Billy T James, who pointed out the hallmarks of Maori accented New Zealand English. There are even cameos by Elton John and Sam Neill.