New Zealand to do own version of Home and Away

Home and Away's hot couple Nate and Ricky. Photo / Channel 7
Home and Away's hot couple Nate and Ricky. Photo / Channel 7

TV3 is proposing a new soap that will try to replicate Home and Away - and it could be one of thier most expensive shows ever made.

The Herald on Sunday understands the TV3 show will be based around a beach community, will screen up to four nights a week, and will require more than $10 million of funding.

Details have been kept under wraps since MediaWorks invited production companies to submit ideas a year ago.

But the Herald on Sunday understands the in-development soap will be family-oriented and set on the outskirts of Auckland.

"It will be a soft, family relationship series set in a fictional community," a TV industry insider revealed.

"It is about beach life culture on the fringes of Auckland and will not be unlike Home and Away."

A MediaWorks spokeswoman yesterday said the network would not comment because the show was subject to funding.

New Zealand on Air confirmed it had received an application from MediaWorks.

"A decision will be made on December 11," spokeswoman Allanah Kalafatelis said.

NZ On Air has $15.5 million available in funding until June next year but 41 applications seeking $21 million have been submitted, Kalafatelis said.

NZ On Air made a $10 million commitment to a 5.30pm soap called The Point in 2006-07 but the idea was dropped in favour of other dramas.

When Shortland Street was launched in 1992 it received almost $9 million over four years.

This year NZ On Air awarded TV3 series Westside $7.6million to make a second series and new TVNZ drama series Dirty Laundry $6.7 million.

In recent weeks MediaWorks announced it would not renew the much-criticised local version of British cooking hit Come Dine With Me and confirmed X Factor NZ and MasterChef NZ were off the TV3 rosters next year, too.

Dancing with the Stars is also believed to be under threat.

Topics:  entertainment home and away new zealand television

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Athletes set to hit the ground running this year

FUN FOR ALL: Children and families were a big part of the 2017 Airlie Beach Running Festival last year.

Athletes set to hit the ground running this year.

Whitsundays wins at Australian Tourism Awards

Ocean Rafting takes the gold in the Major Tour and Transport Operator category at the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards.

Best in the tourism business, Whitsundays wins gold .

Airlie Beach PO boxes on the move to Jubilee Pocket

Airlie Beach post office boxes situated at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre will move to Jubilee Pocket.

Cannonvale PO boxes on the move to Jubilee Pocket.

Local Partners