I am 28 and I remember as a child in the early 90's Dad used to get up for work at 5.30am to catch the train from upper hutt into wellington.
He woke me up so he had someone to talk to during his breakfast because TV didnt start until 6 or 7am.
Yet at the same time I can remember being woken up at 1 or 2am because he was in the lounge watching a rugby game.
And then in about 2001 after we moved to Wairoa, mom was worried about a van parked outside our house one day and she was adamant that it was the tv licensing inspectors.
I can only imagine she was worried she forgot to pay the tv license as that must have been something my father took care of before he died. She must have quickly remembered licensing stopped by then though.