It’s official – New Zealand’s development has peaked

March 19, 2008

Our growth as a nation, independent and free, has turned a corner.

No longer can we hold our heads up as a nation of the future, of growth, of forward thinking people.

Why is that, O sage one, you ask? Is it because of the impending recession? Because IRD can’t count? Because we’ve lost Sir Ed or because we still have “issues” around whether Russell Crowe is a Kiwi or an Aussie?

No, it’s because Dr Ropata is returning to Shortland Street.

What is it with TVNZ and its return to the halcyon days (that never were) of yore? First they bring back Jim the Weather Man, now this. What next? Dig up Angela D’Audney and roll her out again? Bring it on, Selwyn Toogood. We’ll have gardening shows on in prime time (actually, they do that already), shows where minor league celebs dance for our pleasure (“Oh how I like to see the monkies dance!”) and shortly I’m sure they’ll dust off Ollie Olsen:

and probably we’ll see Radio With Pictures, the Goodnight Kiwi:

and no doubt University Challenge will be exhumed.

It’s the 21st Century. Can we have something new, please? All I can say is, I’m a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

Actually, I’d probably watch Radio with Pictures.


9 Responses to “It’s official – New Zealand’s development has peaked”

  1. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    Mind you, they cancelled University Challenge just when the University of Waikato started to win it.

    When you asked for ‘something new’, I think you should specify, ‘something new which isn’t a load of old crap’. After all, ‘Celebrity Treasure Island’ was new only a few years ago, as was ‘Downsize my pet’.

    We don’t want a TVNZ type, trawling this blog as they must oft do, to say ‘Audent wants something new. Hmmm. I bet he’s never seen two ex-All Blacks, a former children’s show host, a radio personality, and the former member for Northcote participating in an egg and spoon race for charity, through the nicest homes in the Greater Auckland area!’

    Based on the track record of new programmes from TVNZ, we could all be better off with watching old episodes of ‘Open all hours’.

  2. The Naked Hugger Says:

    I fear you’re right. In fact, I WHEAR you’re right.

    and I weep for the future (name that film).

  3. karen Says:

    Is there a door prize for guessing the correct film?

  4. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    Ooops, commented on the wrong post, your so prolific.

    ‘Ferris Bueller’s day off’

    What did I win?

  5. Audent Says:

    meh, you all Googled it. Use Your Brains, People!

    Dave, you lose a point for responding to the wrong post and another for your instead of you’re. 😉

  6. Audent Says:

    OK, bonus question: where does the other quote in the post come from? Eh? Eh? I’m not even going to tell you what the quote IS. That’ll slow you googling types down a tad.

    First, I’ll just correct the typo. Damned American spelling.

  7. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    Firm but fair…

  8. audent Says:

    No takers? OK, it’s “I love to see the monkies dance” and it comes from Disney’s forgotten gem of a cartoon, Family Dog!

    so there.

  9. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    If it was a gem, why is it forgotten?

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