New Kiwi kids show Amped launching on Three to entertain children in lockdown

Amped host Walter Neilands.
Amped host Walter Neilands. Photo credit: MediaWorks

A new children's television show will kick off this week on Three, airing daily to help keep kids entertained during New Zealand's coronavirus lockdown. 

Hosted by former kids TV host and Dancing With The Stars NZ alumni Walter Neilands, AMPED will be on every weekday at 11.30am, "just in time to curb kid’s pre-lunch hangry moments" according to the announcement. 

The episodes will feature a rotating cast of Kiwi entertainers contributing content from their own bubbles including science extraordinaire Nanogirl, Mai FM’s K-Lee and fitness motivator Brown Buttabean. 

The AM Show's Aziz Al-Sa'afin will feature with his dog Yoko and there will be cooking tips from acclaimed chef Sid Sahrawat and his kids. 

AMPED promises to bring "fun, learning, experimenting, laughs, challenges, jokes, survival skills and more" to Kiwi kids amid the coronavirus pandemic.

MediaWorks, which owns Newshub, has partnered with Meridan Energy to fast-track the show, which kicks off on April 8. The power company is also supporting local charity Kids Can to ensure children in need stay fed during lockdown, and audiences are being encouraged to donate to the cause where they can. 

MediaWorks Television's Director of Content Ben Quinn said he hoped AMPED would provide a "daily 'switch on'" for children to look forward to, while and parents will "hopefully be able to catch a break with a cuppa and have a moment to switch off". 

AMPED premieres on Wednesday, April 8 and will continue every weekday from 11.30am-12.00pm on Three, except Good Friday. Episodes will also be available for viewing 24/7 on Threenow.