Television New Zealand (Māori: Te Reo Tātaki o Aotearoa), more commonly referred to as TVNZ, is a free-to-air public broadcasting television network that is broadcast throughout New Zealand and parts of the Pacific region. Although the network identifies as a national part-public broadcaster[citation needed], it is commercially funded.

Television New Zealand, Limited
TypeCrown entity
IndustryBroadcast television
FoundedFebruary 1980; 41 years ago (1980-02)
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand
Number of locations
New Zealand
Area served
Nationally (New Zealand) and some Pacific Island nations such as the Cook Islands, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands
Key people
Kevin Kenrick (CEO)
RevenueNZ$310,673,000 (2019)[1]
NZ$2,872,000 (2019)[1]
Total assets43.2% (2019)[1]
OwnerMinister of Finance (50%)
Minister of Broadcasting (50%)[2]
SubsidiariesFormer TV stations
TVNZ's fourth logo from 2004 to 2012
TVNZ's previous logo from 2012 until 2016

TVNZ was established in February 1980 following the merger of the two government-owned television networks, Television One (now TVNZ 1) and South Pacific Television (now TVNZ 2), under a single administration. It was the sole television broadcaster in New Zealand until November 1989 when private channel TV3 (now Three) was launched.

TVNZ operates playout services from its Auckland studio via Kordia's fibre and microwave network for TVNZ 1, TVNZ 2 and TVNZ Duke, with new media video services via the American-owned Brightcove which is streamed on the Akamai RTMP/HLS DNS based caching network. Its former channels include TVNZ Kidzone (closed 30 April 2016), TVNZ Heartland (closed 31 May 2015), TVNZ U (closed August 2013), TVNZ 7 (closed June 2012), TVNZ 6 (closed 2011), and TVNZ Sport Extra (closed 2009).

Approximately 90% of TVNZ's revenue is from commercial activity (such as advertising and merchandising).[3] The remainder of its funding comes from government funding agencies.