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TVNZ 6 Logo
Country New Zealand
Broadcast areaNew Zealand
Network TVNZ
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Owner Television New Zealand
Sister channels TV One
TVNZ Heartland
TVNZ Sport Extra
Launched30 September 2007
Closed28 February 2011
Replaced by TVNZ U
Former namesTVNZ Home (working title)
Freeview|HD Channel 6
Freeview Channel 6
SKY Television Digital Channel 016

TVNZ 6 was a digital-only, commercial-free television channel operated by Television New Zealand. It launched in September 2007, and was available in 60.3% of New Zealand homes on the Freeview and SKY Television Digital platforms. TVNZ 6 was on air daily from 6AM to 12 Midnight.


The name TVNZ 6 was chosen because it was numeric, was deemed to allow 'a broader content structure than any descriptive title', and matches the number assigned to it on the Freeview electronic programme guide. [1]


TVNZ 6's Kidzone logo TVNZ 6 Kidzone.PNG
TVNZ 6's Kidzone logo

TVNZ 6 showed pre-school programs during the Kidzone block from 6am to 6pm. Until its closure at the end of June 2012, TVNZ 7 aired Kidzone from 6am to 8am. Kidzone also received a 24-hour channel on Sky TV called Kidzone24. [2] The channel then played family programmes after Kidzone until closedown at midnight.

At launch

At the very start of TVNZ 6's launch the public service channel had originally structured its daily schedule as 3 separate services titled: TVNZ Kidzone (which had run from 6am to 4:00), TVNZ Family (4:00 to 8:30), and TVNZ Showcase (8:30 to midnight – while TVNZ 6 had closed down at midnight to 6am).


TVNZ 6 ceased broadcasting on 28 February 2011 and was replaced on 13 March 2011 by TVNZ U , a "social" channel targeted at 15- to 24-year-olds. [3] [4] Kidzone, Shortland Street: From the Beginning and other TVNZ 6 content moved to sister channels TVNZ 7, TVNZ Heartland and TVNZ Kidzone24. TVNZ U was advertiser-supported and ran from midday to midnight.

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