Crimewatch (New Zealand)

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Also known asCrimewatch New Zealand
Based onCrimewatch
Presented byIan Johnstone
Natalie Brunt
Carol Hirschfeld
Tiana Tofilau
Mairanga White
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)English
No. of series10
No. of episodes100+
Producer(s)Michael Scott-Smith
Production location(s)Avalon, New Zealand
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time44 minutes (approximate)
Original networkTVNZ
Followed byCrimescene (1997–98)
Related showsPolice Ten 7

Crimewatch was a New Zealand television programmer that crime reconstructed major unsolved crimes in order to gain information from the public which may assist in solving the case. The programmer was originally broadcast on TVNZ from 1987 until 1996 and was replaced by Crimescene which was aired in 1997 and 1998.

Calls to the show's special phoneline helped police solve approximately 1,400 cases.[1]

Show format

Based on the BBC Crimewatch format in the United Kingdom, it was shown once a month on TVNZ 1|TV One at 8.30pm on a Tuesday with a Crimewatch Update aired at around 11pm. In its first year, Crimewatch was shown on fourth Mondays at 8pm before moving to fourth Tuesdays at 8pm in 1988 and 8.30pm from 1989 until mid-1996. The programmer moved to TVNZ 2|TV2 on 1 August 1996 and aired at 8.30pm on a fourth Thursday until it ended later that year.


Ian Johnstone presented the programme throughout its entire run, and was joined by Natalie Brunt (1987–88), Carol Hirschfeld (1989–93), Tiana Tofilau (1994) and Mairanga White (1995–96) as successive co-presenters.

See also

  • Crimewatch, similar programme in the United Kingdom
  • Police Ten 7, similar programme first broadcast in 2002


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