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1989 in New Zealand television

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List of years in New Zealand television

This is a list of New Zealand television-related events in 1989.


  • October – Network Two is renamed to Channel 2.
  • 26 November – TV3 is launched in New Zealand.
  • 27 November – American children's animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles based on the comic book series by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird begins airing on TV3.
  • 2 December – American sitcom Family Matters begins premiering on New Zealand television on TV3 three months after its US television debut.
  • 5 December – Australian soap Home and Away makes its ever debut in New Zealand with the series transmitting on TV3.
  • 8 December – The final editions of Top Half (Auckland) and Today Tonight (Wellington) were broadcast on Channel 2 at 5.45pm.




New channels

  • 26 November – TV3

Changes to network affiliation

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on a New Zealand television network that had previously premiered on another New Zealand television network. The networks involved in the switch of allegiances are predominantly both free-to-air networks or both subscription television networks. Programs that have their free-to-air/subscription television premiere, after previously premiering on the opposite platform (free-to air to subscription/subscription to free-to air) are not included. In some cases, programs may still air on the original television network. This occurs predominantly with programs shared between subscription television networks.


Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
What Now Channel 2 TV One 1989
Sale of the Century TV One Channel 2 1989


Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
United States Frank's Place Channel 2 TV One 22 October
United States DuckTales TV3 Channel 2 27 November
United States The Wuzzles TV3 TV One 27 November
United States Walt Disney's Mickey and Donald TV3 TV One 2 December
United Kingdom Postman Pat TV One Channel 2 1989
United States/Belgium The Smurfs Channel 2 TV One 1989
United Kingdom The Adventures of Parsley TV One Channel 2 1989
United Kingdom Rainbow Channel 2 TV One 1989
Canada Tales of the Wizard of Oz TV One Channel 2 1989
Australia Mother and Son Channel 2 TV One 1989

Television shows

Ending this year

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