Close Ups on NZ Film History
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Princess Anne's wedding in colour direct from London, the Commonwealth Games live from Christchurch, a second channel, the first national Telethon. These milestones fuelled a new national passion. By the end of the 1960s, 95 percent of New Zealand homes had television.
New Zealanders stayed home to watch home-grown programmes like Pukemanu (1971) and Country Calendar as well as the first local soap, Close to Home which ran for eight years from 1975 and the children's programme Spot On.
The movies were affected. By 1971 admissions were down to an annual average of only four per person (compared with twenty-four in 1943) and the number of picture theatres more than halved.