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TVNZ 7 has formed a partnership with the Royal Society of New Zealand, with the shared objective of promoting the value of science and technology to New Zealanders.  A major new commission will see a science and technology series produced for the digital channel and launched on air later in the year.

TVNZ 7 is an advertising free channel, available via both Freeview and SKY. The channel offers stimulating factual and information programmes for all New Zealanders, documentaries, current affairs and news bulletins. The schedule is made up of a mixture of local and international programmes.

The mission of the Royal Society of New Zealand is to foster in the New Zealand community a culture that supports science and technology and to promote science and technology in schools, in industry and in society.

TVNZ CEO Rick Ellis is delighted by the partnership with the Royal Society of New Zealand:

"TVNZ 7 seeks to partner with organisations with a similar interest to ours in creating genuine value for New Zealanders.  The value of applied science and technology to the New Zealand economy is significant and we're immensely proud to be joining forces with the Royal Society of New Zealand to showcase exciting developments in this arena.

"Our purpose is to inspire New Zealanders on every screen and this partnership with the Royal Society will help us do that."

The Royal Society of New Zealand's Chief Executive, Dr Di McCarthy, shares this enthusiasm:

"The idea of a brand new television series on TVNZ 7 designed to excite and inform with great stories of science and technology in contemporary New Zealand is thrilling to the Royal Society of New Zealand.

"We especially want to see young New Zealanders become inspired by the fantastic array of opportunities which science and technology offer as a career. We are also looking forward to seeing the benefits of research presented in a way that makes viewers take a second look and say 'Wow, I didn't know that'."

TVNZ 7 will announce details of the new series in the coming months with a plan to launch the series later in 2010.

TVNZ 7 is available on Freeview/TiVo channel 7 and on SKY/Telstra channel 97.

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Megan Richards
TVNZ Corporate Affairs
021 804 123