South Pacific Television

South Pacific Television (SPTV) was a television channel in New Zealand, which operated between 1976 and 1980.

South Pacific Television
IndustryTelevision channel
PredecessorNew Zealand Broadcasting Corporation
FoundedDecember 1976
Defunct15 February 1980
FateRenamed as Television New Zealand
SuccessorTelevision New Zealand
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand
Number of locations
New Zealand


The channel, then known as TV2, first went to air on 30 June 1975. It was the second national government television channel to be established in the country that year, after Television One went to air on 1 April, replacing the former New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation's TV service.

In its first week, the network held New Zealand's first Telethon in aid of the St John Ambulance. It raised $593,878.

The channel could only be picked up in Auckland and Christchurch when it first went to air, but it was limited in Christchurch due to a faulty transmitter. It was another three months before the Waikato and Bay of Plenty got coverage and by late November, the channel was available in Wellington before spreading throughout the rest of the country.

In December 1976, TV2 was rebranded as South Pacific Television (SPTV) to distinguish itself from the former NZBC channel. It also reduced confusion in Auckland and Dunedin where Television One broadcast on channel 2 (TV2 broadcast on channel 4 in both centres).[1]

In 1977, broadcasting hours were cut on both channels[why?] and as a result SPTV lost 16 hours of broadcast time a week, forcing the channel to begin its daily broadcasts at 3pm (except weekends, where SPTV opened transmission at midday).

Channel funding was cut for Television One and handed over to SPTV in a move that bewildered some over at Television One. The effects of the cuts saw programme output on SPTV increase.


It was decided in 1979 by the National Government that the channels would be amalgamated under an administration which would end the competition that reared its head in 1975.

SPTV ended transmission on 15 February 1980 with a two-hour farewell special at 10.15pm.[citation needed]

The next day, 16 February 1980, Television One and SPTV were dissolved and became Television One and Television Two, under the newly formed Television New Zealand (TVNZ). A number of SPTV's programmes moved across to the new networks.

List of programmesEdit






  •   The Club Show
  •   Opportunity Knocks
  •   Top of the World
  •   Telethon

Factual & LifestyleEdit

  •   Access
  •   Book Review
  •   Butcher's Hook
  •   Child Health
  •   Church in Action
  •   Farming Today
  •   Kaleidoscope
  •   Looking Your Best
  •   Pacific Viewpoint
  •   Pet Life
  •   Police Five
  •   Sew Easy
  •   Stars on Sunday
  •   Sunday's Child
  •   Talk Cars
  •   A Taste of the Orient
  •   That's Entertainment
  •   You and the Law
  •   Yours for the Asking

News and Current AffairsEdit

  •   Eye Witness
  •   Forum
  •   News at Six
  •   News at Ten
  •   News Stand
  •   Weekend Edition News
  •   World Watch









  1. ^ "TV2 likes 'South Pacific'". The Press. 19 August 1976. p. 11.

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