Goodnight Kiwi creator dies

Last updated 15:44 27/05/2014
Goodnight Kiwi

ICONIC BIRD: Goodnight Kiwi

Relevant offers

TV & Radio

Game of Thrones: at least two more seasons, but there's bad news too... Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear presenters sign with Amazon for new car show Bogans is loud, proud and unsurprising Martin Van Beynen: A man and his pig, give me a break Rachel Griffiths joins House Husbands Richard Taylor's Pukeko Pictures gets new chief Ramsay St lists on Airbnb The five most common misconceptions about bogans Review: Fresh ingredients needed for MasterChef Bree Peters latest to cop actor/role confusion abuse

Cartoonist Sam Harvey, creator of the Goodnight Kiwi, has died, TVNZ has reported.

Harvey's minute-long animation was broadcast for almost 20 years until 24-hour transmission began in the 1990s.

The plucky Goodnight Kiwi, with his companion the cat, said goodnight to New Zealand viewers in the days when TV broadcasts shut down overnight.

For generations of younger viewers, Goodnight Kiwi became a much-loved symbol of staying up past bedtime. The fact that kiwis are nocturnal, not to mention endangered by cats, was irrelevant.

The accompanying tune was an arrangement of a Maori lullaby, Hine e Hine.

Harvey was 91.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content