Country Calendar is a television series covering rural life in New Zealand. Established in March 1966 and screening every year since, it is New Zealand’s longest-running television series. It is currently being shown for 30 weeks of the year at 7 pm Saturdays on Television New Zealand’s TV ONE, and older episodes are screened nightly on Sky TV’s Heartland channel.
Tony Trotter was the producer from 1974 to 1982 and was followed by Frank Torley, who produced the show for 23 years. The current producer is Julian O’Brien, with associate producer Dan Henry and consultant producer Frank Torley. All three are reporters and directors on the programme, along with Carol Archie, Jerome Cvitanovich, Katherine Edmond, Kerryanne Evans and Vicki Wilkinson-Baker. The researcher is Vivienne Jeffs.
The Country Calendar theme song is from the song “Hillbilly Child” by the Alan Moorhouse Band. HYUNDAI NZ has naming rights to the show. Previous sponsors have included The National Bank, financial services company AMP and Tux dog biscuits.