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We're teaming up with NZ On Screen, to polish up some local gems from the past. Relive some of the best moments in television history, from breaking news to pop culture, comedy, drama, sports and more.

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    Before They Were Famous: Russell Crowe
    • Wednesday 1 Nov 2017

    G These days Russell Crowe is known for his movie career, but back in 1985 he was busy trying to make a name for himself in the music business. In fact, he was trying to make a somewhat different name for himself than the one we now know him by. Back then, Russell went by Russ le Roq, and was the leader of Auckland band Roman Antix. Here he's seen promoting their debut video on teen music show Shazam!, looking fresh-faced, but already showing the drive and determination that would soon land him in Hollywood. Fast-forward 15 years and he would be leading Romans of a different kind, playing General Maximum Meridius in Gladiator.

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      • Wednesday 1 Apr

      PG It was one of New Zealand's most controversial crime stories - in 1995, David Bain was convicted of murdering five members of his family in Dunedin. Bain would spend over a decade in prison before being acquitted on all charges in a retrial. National debate around the 1995 verdict polarised the country and those who believed in Bain's innocence were galvanised by the release of a book by Joe Karam protesting Bain's innocence, Conversely, James McNeish's book, The Mask of Sanity, argued that Bain was the perpetrator. In this Holmes interview, the two writers go head to head in an often-testy debate.

      • Wednesday 1 Apr

      G The king of the boxing ring, Muhammad Ali made a visit to Aotearoa in 1979 - Eyewitness tagged along with the boxer as he wooed the crowds with his undeniable charisma. The heavyweight was in the twilight of his career at the time of the trip and would announce his retirement just a few months after this clip was filmed.

      • Wednesday 1 Apr

      G This long-haired character is almost unrecognisable as (future) One News boss Bill Ralston, but in 1973 the journalist was a peace representative concerned about French nuclear testing on Mururoa Atoll. In this clip, Ralston accuses then Prime Minister Norman Kirk of being 'a little bit heartless' for not assisting protest ships sailing to the Atoll.

      • Wednesday 1 Apr

      G Like many other current affairs shows in the 1970s, Tonight had a fairly short run, but despite this, it became legendary in television lore as this infamous battle of wills between journalist Simon Walker and Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. As Simon Walker dared to question Muldoon about his claims regarding a potential Soviet nuclear attack, Muldoon grows increasingly annoyed and belligerent, as you can see in this clip.

      • Wednesday 1 Apr

      G The late Robert Muldoon is again the star of this Eyewitness News clip as he calls for an unexpected snap election in 1984. Infamously dubbed the 'Schnapps' election, it was widely suggested that Muldoon was drunk when he called the election. Whatever the case may be, it was the beginning of the end for the Prime Minister who had dominated politics for nearly a decade.

      • Wednesday 1 Apr

      G One of NZ On Screen's most popular clips, this infamous episode of Face to Face with Kim Hill makes for uncomfortable watching. The award-winning host goes up against journalist John Pilger and the result is explosive. A punchy John Pilger tells Kim Hill to 'do her homework' as she questions him about his book on Middle East politics.

      • Wednesday 1 Apr

      G The 1984 election was a turning point in New Zealand political history. Prime Minister Rob Muldoon had held the reins of power for nearly a decade, but Labour leader David Lange was presenting a big challenge for the polarising PM. Six days out from the snap election, Muldoon and Lange faced off across a table in a TVNZ debate chaired by Ian Johnstone. This clip shows the two politicians taking shots at each other, as Mr Muldoon accuses Mr Lange of being abusive, with his trademark smirk firmly in place.

      • Sunday 1 Mar

      G Tokelau is a New Zealand territory, spanning three small South Pacific atolls. In the 1960s the New Zealand Government expressed concern about overpopulation and instigated the Tokelau Islands Resettlement Scheme. This film follows the journey of a group of Tokelauans who migrated to Te Puke and had to learn how to adapt to telephones and horses among other things. In this clip, a group of girls ask some important questions before their journey including whether there are coconuts available in New Zealand!

      • Sunday 1 Mar

      G Aotearoa has some enviable fashion designers and many of them have their roots in Māori and Pasifika culture. This clip from the 2009's Style Pasifika gives a taste of the myriad of talents that have helped propel many Pasifika fashion designers to the top. The fashion is fresh and funky and even thirteen years on, still looks great.

      • Sunday 1 Mar

      G This first episode of the popular TVNZ Pasifika youth show, Fresh, is presented by brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupai - better known as musical group Adeaze. The show is chock full of content but in this clip, the myth of Sina and the Eel gets a very fresh retelling.

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