exportgoldman: I didn't realise TVNZ7 and the other channel's were not free to air (is it channel 6?)
TVNZ 6 (Which included Kidzone) got canned around March if I remember correctly and got replaced with "U" (The Teens-25 channel) on Freeview/SKY and added the Kidzone24 channel as a Sky Basic channel (like Heartland).
TVNZ 7 is still FTA at the moment from what I can tell - I recorded a show the other day on my Mythbox, but it's Govt funding (originating from iirc the Labour Government, but canned by the National Govt) is running out (sometime soon), and if I understand correctly will then disappear off the face of the earth.
To be honest, TVNZ 7 is no giant loss to me, the hourly news updates were a great idea, so was an 8pm news hour, but other than that, I've watched about 2-3 episodes of one TVNZ7 show (can't recall the name of it off the top of my head), one episode of Backbenchers (which I don't know why I didn't keep watching), and one episode of the UK How Do They Do It series which was a fluke.
My honest opinion is that TVNZ didn't use TVNZ 7 the right way, they could have turned it into a world class channel, by simply breaking the scheduled programming when breaking news that wasn't important enough to break TV ONE/etc (both local, and international events), as a sign of patriotism I always switched to TVNZ 7 first, before going to Sky News/CNN/FOX/BBC (In that order), but was solely disappointed each and every time. Sky News on the other hand, pretty much always does a great job, even when covering New Zealand events.
I really do find it unpatriotic though that TVNZ have made both NZ-made children's content and old shows/footage (that I'd imagine a fair proportion were funded by NZ On Air/Broadcasting Fees) effectively Pay TV.