Spare a thought for the little station that could – and often did.

I was 10 when TV3 was born.

I can't remember exactly what happened during the new network's first broadcast in November 1989, but I do remember that getting a third TV channel was cause for great excitement in my small corner of the world.

As Governor-General Sir Paul Reeves pulled the lever to begin TV3's first transmission all those years ago, he said: "It's a very important event when we launch another television channel. So I do this with a great sense of hope and appreciation for all that's been done and trust that the future of TV3 will be

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