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 midnight.

TVNZ 6 Logo
CountryNew Zealand
Broadcast areaNew Zealand
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
OwnerTelevision New Zealand
Sister channelsTV One
TVNZ Heartland
TVNZ Sport Extra
Launched30 September 2007
Closed28 February 2011
Replaced byTVNZ U
Former namesTVNZ Home (working title)
Freeview|HDChannel 6

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


TVNZ 6's Kidzone logo

TVNZ 6 showed pre-school programmes during the Kidzone block from 6am to 6pm. Until its closure at the end of June 2012, TVNZ 7 also 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 launchEdit

At the very start of TVNZ 6's launch, the channel was structured such that its daily schedule had three separate services titled: TVNZ Kidzone (6am to 4pm), TVNZ Family (4pm to 8:30pm), and TVNZ Showcase (8:30pm to midnight).


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.


  1. ^ "Freeview channels given names". Television New Zealand. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2007.
  2. ^ "TVNZ to launch 24 hour kidzone channel on Sky". Throng. 1 March 2011. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  3. ^ "TVNZ 6 DISCONTINUED, TVNZ 7 EXPANDED AND NEW YOUTH CHANNEL TO LAUNCH". Throng. 22 December 2010. Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  4. ^ "U is coming | U | Television New Zealand | Television | TV One, TV2, TVNZ 6, TVNZ 7". Archived from the original on 22 January 2011.