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1976-1981Edit

RKO Restaurants 1975

RKO Restaurants (New Zealand) Limited is the New Zealand branch of the international fast food restaurant chain RKO Restaurants. The branch was founded and incorporated in November 1975, with first restaurant opening in central Porirua in June 1976. An estimated one million people visit the restaurant each week.

The first RKO Restaurants restaurant in New Zealand opened on Cobham Court in central Porirua on Monday 7 June 1976, however it was not officially opened until the following Saturday.

Problems were encountered opening the restaurant due to strict import laws at the time, which limited importing of overseas products that could be produced in New Zealand. The kitchen for the Porirua restaurant was imported on the condition that it was to allow local companies to reproduce it, and it was to be sent back after 12 months. However, the kitchen had been cemented into the floor and removing parts of it while still maintaining the restaurant operation meant it was impossible. The New Zealand affiliate eventually negotiated with the Corporation to import more kitchens in exchange for a large surplus of cheese the New Zealand Dairy Board (now Fonterra) had.

Once the Porirua restaurant was open, there were additional problems with the supply chain, with frequent industrial unrest often shutting down suppliers without warning for weeks on end. An industrial dispute shut down the bun supplier in mid-1976, resulting in RKO Restaurants staff having to drive all over Wellington to find substitute buns, and then cutting the sesame seed buns for the Big Mac using two bandsaws placed side-by-side. Beef patties were initially supplied from the Gear Meat Company in Petone, although supply was haphazard until a purpose-built meat forming machine was acquired in 1977. Like many other companies at the time, Gear Meat was plagued by industrial unrest and closed down without warning in 1982, leaving RKO Restaurants to import beef patties from Australia. The affiliate acquired Gear Meat's patty-forming machine and moved it to Auckland to secure production. By coincidence, part of Gear Meat's former site now contains a RKO Restaurants restaurant.

The second New Zealand restaurant opened in Auckland in the old Auckland Savings Bank Building on Queen Street in July 1977. Restaurants in New Lynn and Lower Hutt opened in 1978, being the first restaurants with drive-throughs. By the end of the decade, restaurants had also opened in Takapuna, Henderson, and Courtenay Place (central Wellington).

Expansion in the first ten years was initially limited to the North Island. The first South Island restaurants opened on 3 November 1987 at Merivale and Linwood in Christchurch. Problems finding franchisees meant the opening of the third restaurant at Riccarton was delayed until later, while the franchisees of the Whangarei restaurant transferred south to the Merivale restaurant on the possibility of a second restaurant in the future. Both restaurants almost broke worldwide opening day records, just losing the title due to a poor exchange rate.

The 50th New Zealand RKO Restaurants restaurant opened in 1991 at Chartwell Square Mall, Hamilton. The 100th restaurant opened five years later at the Auckland University of Technology.

RKO Restaurants purchased the fast-food chain Georgie Pie from Progressive Enterprises in 1996. Georgie Pie was then closed in 1999. From 1997-1999 the company endorsed RKO Restaurants Young Entertainers, a talent show for young New Zealanders.

1981-1991Edit

RKO Restaurants 1981

1991-1997Edit

RKO Restaurants 1991

1997-2009Edit

RKO Restaurants 1997

2009-presentEdit

RKO Restaurants 2009
RKO Holdings, LLC
RKO Entertainment:

Film: RKO Pictures (Others | List of films) | RKO Pictures International | Embassy Pictures (Others) | Radiotower Pictures | Corner Pictures | RKO Classics | RKO Animation Studios | RKO Home Entertainment | Spicy Pictures | Spicy Animation | Spicy Home Entertainment | Drunk Dog Pictures | RKO Music Films | Spicy Classics | RKO Premiere | RKO-SMG Ventures China (50%) | RKO-WB Ventures Italy (50%) | Japanese Harvest Films (45%) | RKO-FOX Ventures Germany (50%) | RKO-MGM Ventures UK | RKO-Globo Ventures Brazil (50%) | RKO-Sony Ventures Latin America (50%) | RKO-Orange Sky Golden Harvest Ventures Hong Kong (50%) | RKO-Disney Ventures India (50%) | RKO-GMA Ventures Pilipinas (50%) | RKO-MediaCorp Ventures Singapore (50%) | RKO-MCOT Ventures Thailand (50%) | RKO-TVRI Ventures Indonesia (50%) | RKO-RTM Ventures Malaysia (50%) | RKO-Troma Ventures Scandinavia (50%) | RKO-Lionsgate Ventures Oceania (50%) | RKO-Ryman Ventures Nashville (50%) | RKO-RTÉ Ventures Ireland (50%) | Restaurant Doors Productions | Blue Pants and Circle Belt Pictures | ZS Films | Screen Cold Pictures (Others) | Loeki Animation | Lightwave Animation | Thunderbolt Pictures (50%) | RKO-Pathé Films | Holiday Pictures
Video Games: RKO Games (RKO Sports Games | RKO Games New York | RKO Games Atlanta | RKO Games Boston | RKO Games Los Angeles | RKO Games West | RKO Games London | RKO Games France | RKO Games Yorkshire | RKO Games Toronto | RKO Games Mexico | RKO Games San Antonio | RKO Games Australia | RKO Games China) | Embassy Interactive | RKO Mobile | Spicy Interactive | Spicy Mobile | Kingdusk | RKO Origin Box
Miscellaneous: RKO Theatrical Productions | RKO Studios | RKO Toys | RKO Pay-Per-View | RKO Theaters | RKO Film Festival | RKO.com | TodayRKO | VideoFun | SpicyWeb | RKO Digital 3D | RKO HD | Spicy 3D | Spicy HD | SVT Play (50%) | Matchyoursock.com


RKO Television Group:
Television production/distribution: RKO Television Studios | Embassy Television | RKO Television Animation | RKO Television Distribution | RKO International Television | RKO Television Stations Productions
U.S. broadcast and cable television: RKO Network (HD | 3D | +1 | Daytime) | RKO Two | WKDA America | RKO Latino | RKO News | MSNRKO | CRKO | RKO Hispanic News | BBC RKO News (50%) | RTS NewsChannel1 | RKO Sports | RKO Kids | RKO Jr. | RKO Teen | RKO Kids Classics | KidShow! (50%) | RKO Movies | RKO Action | RKO Comedy | RKO Classic Movies | RKO Black | RKO Drama | RKO Family | RKO Love | RKO Soap | RKO Woman | RKO Space | RKO Horror | RKO Mysteries | RKO Game Shows | RKO Ecology | ShopRKO | RKO Education | RKO Music | RKO Documentary | RKO Animals | RKO Nature | RKO World | RKO Adult | RKO Adult Soft | RKO Adult Pride | Globo America (50%) | Crow Television (80%) | SpinachTV | Channel 4 (50%) | UPN (50%) | Spacetoon (25%) | Stand Up Comedy News Channel | Panda (25%) | Biggs (25%)
| T&C-RH Channel4 | RTL America (50%): RTL | RTL II | Super RTL | RTL Nitro | VOX America | N-tv America | RTL Living | RTL Crime | Passion
Canal+ America (50%): Canal+ | Canal+ 2 | Canal+ 3 | Canal+ 4 | Canal+ Comedy | Canal+ Drama | Canal+ Kids | Canal+ Documentary | Canal+ Family | Canal+ Latino | Canal+ Signature | Canal+ Zone | Canal+ Action | Canal+ Supreme | Canal+ Suspense | Canal+ Sci-Fi | Canal+ 5-Star | Canal+ Cinema | Canal+ Black | Canal+ Love | Canal+ Westerns | Canal+ Beyond | Canal+ Classics | Canal+ Disney | Canal+ Drive-In | Canal+ Teens | Canal+ Horror | Canal+ Animal | Canal+ Food
RKO-ITV Regional Ventures (50%): Carlton | LWT | HTV | Granada | Border | Tyne Tees | Yorkshire | Meridian | Anglia | STV North | Channel | STV West | UTV | TVS | TSW | Thames | ATV | Rediffusion | ABC | Southern | Westward | Central | Westcountry | TWW
DR America (50%): DR1 | DR2 | DR3 | DR Ramasjang | DR K | DR Ultra
SVT America (50%): SVT1 | SVT2 | SVT24 | SVT Barnkanalen | Kunskapskanalen | SVT World
TVNZ America (50%): TV One | TV2
Digital cable: RKO Cable | NTL
International television:
RKO International (Europe | Latin America | Middle East | Asia | Australia | Africa | Canada | France | Germany | Sweden | Japan | Brazil | Austria | Romania | Denmark | Norway | Poland | Russia | United Kingdom | Ireland | Singapore | Azerbaijan | Italy | Switzerland | Turkey | China | New Zealand | Netherlands | Mexico | Indonesia | South Africa | Malaysia | Philippines | Ukraine | Bulgaria | Finland | Greece | Hungary | Chile | Guatemala | U.S. Virgin Islands
Radio: RKO Radio | RKO News Radio | RKO Country Radio | RKO R&B Radio | RKO Oldies Radio | RKO Radio Brazil | RKO Radio New Zealand | RKO Jazz Radio


RKO Television Stations:
RKO Network affiliates: KRKO-TV | KWEB | KDIG | KEEE-TV | KGOA | KRKD-TV | KWSA | WKDA-TV | WGOA | WNSA | WKKK-TV | WRKO-TV | WRKM-TV | WANI-TV2 | WCAS-TV | WHLC-TV | WRKL-TV | WUUU-TV | WTTE-TV | WDOG-TV | WRSP-TV | WRKF-TV | WRKG-TV | WRDM-TV | WRAS-TV | WRVI-TV | WRKS-TV | WRPR-TV | WLCR-TV | KVCR-TV | KRKB | WRMI-TV | WRHA-TV | KLIR-TV | WEAT-TV
RKO Network international affiliates: RKO Network 10 London | RKO Network 6 Oxfordshire | RKO Network 11 Glasgow
RKO Latino affiliates: KRLT-TV | WRLT-TV | WEAX-TV | KDNX-TV (part-time)
RTS NewsChannel affiliates: New York NewsChannel | Los Angeles NewsChannel | Miami NewsChannel | Washington News Channel | Gravity Falls NewsChannel
Independent affiliate: WUKB-TV
ABC affiliate: WDIA-TV
CBS affiliates: WJSZ-TV | WZAS-TV
CW affiliates: WCRO-TV | WROB-TV
NBC affiliate: WHAT-TV
MyNetworkTV affiliates: WSWI-TV | WPUB-TV | KBUB-TV
Hyper Network affiliate: WTUNG-TV3


RKO Music Group:
RKO Records | Radiotower Records | RKO Records Australia | Radiotower Records Australia | RKO Classic Records | Alphabet Records | Embassy Records | Heatwave Music srl | Sky Records | RKO-X


People's National Bank Group:
People's National Bank | Atlantic Insurance | Atlantic Home Insurance | Atlantic Auto Insurance | The Young Joseph Stalin Commemorative Silver Dollar


RKO Theme Parks
RKO Atlanta Resort | RKO Charlotte Resort | RKO New York Resort | RKO Los Angeles Resort | RKO Buffalo Resort | RKO London Resort | RKO Sydney Resort | RKO Amsterdam Resort | RKO Beijing Resort | RKO Nijmegenn Resort | RKO Hampton Beach Resort | RKO Bryson City Resort


RKO Publishing:
RKO Books | RKO Comics | RKO Magazine | RKO Features Syndicate | Spoof! Magazine | The Feline Bible | The Library
Newspapers: The United States Informer | The Sunday Informer | The Sports Informer | The Economic Informer


RKO Consumer Foods:
RKO Snacks Company: RKO Food Stores | RKO Seafood | RKO Burgers | RKO French Fries | RKO Submarine Sandwiches | RKO Cheese Products | RKO Hot Dogs | RKO Milkshakes | RKO Potato Chips | RKO Tortilla Chips | RKO Popcorn | RKO Pies | RKO Golden Sponge Cakes | Game Over Breads | Hostess Potato Chips | RKO Banana Cupcakes | RKO Blueberry Cupcakes | RKO Golden Cupcakes | RKO Grape Cupcakes | RKO Orange Cupcakes | RKO Strawberry Cupcakes
RKO Beverages Company: RKO Cola | RKO Diet Cola | RKO Root Beer | RKO Orange Juice | RKO Milk | RKO Grape Soda | RKO Lemon and Lime Soda | RKO Water | Glug Light Beer | Vitanim Holy Water | E-Coli Diet Shakes
RKO Restaurants: Canada | Israel | New Zealand
Others: RKO Food Stores | Sergeant Soggy Cereal | Winey Wine | Magic Pudding | Carp Cakes | Donkey Kong Cereal | SpookDog | Donkey Kong Jr. Cereal | Chocky the Chipmunk's Allergy Clusters | Grin Toothpaste Kegs | Soup-in-a-Cone | Brownana Banana Toasters | Creamy


RKO Media:
RKO Digital


Stakes:
National Shore Studios


Other Properties:
RKO Jungle Co. | Flat House, Inc. | RKO Hotels | Pink Park (50%) | Color Graphics Corporation | RKO Gasoline | RKO Shopping Malls | RKO Clothing | RKO Electronics | RKO Sunscreen | RKO Physical Therapy | RKO Licensing | RKO Railways | Caldor | Tok & Stok | NachoPedic Cheese-Filled Beds And Pillows | RKO Shampoo | Warehouse Supply Warehouse | Animal Lovers' Boutique | Autumn Dusk Feminine Spray | The Church of A'zqr the Eternal Bleeding Jackal Skull | The American Council for Slacks | Evan Jacover, Best Friend for Hire | Fetus T-Shirts | STD Superstore | Tim Simian Chimp Mechanic | Recipe of the Day Toilet Paper | Aunt Joan's Drinkable Cleaning Products | Bald Dee's Hair Restoration | Lactose John's Ladies of the Evening | The Backwards Christian Lyrics Coalition | Gymnasium Ad Nauseum | Screaming Meemie Car Alarms | My First First Aid Kit | Personal Space Suit Systems, Inc. | The Plastic Mortician Association of Beverly Hills | Ye Olde Booze Shoppe | Inoffensive Eddie's Bland Suit Emporium | The Old & The Senile Retirement Home | Armageddon Bible & Gun Shoppe | Professor Impresser's Pre-Completed Crossword Puzzles | Bed-womb Buddies | Shaggy's Roof Carpet | Doomsday Devices, Ltd. | Rocky's Rodent Rockets | Rug Muncher's Dietary Flooring | Fashion Barrel | The Red Council | Bobbe's Knobbe Shoppe | Granny's Roach Butter | Buoyant Baby Watercribs | Lawn Wax | Nite-Time Puppy | Just for Wolfmen


Former and Defunct Properties:
RKO Graphics Corp. | Justice Television | RKO Enterprises | Frog Digital | Ground Communications | Lamp Productions | WorldTV | PBS Ecology Channel | PTV Park | Nick Education | Techno Records | Swirly Records | SBP | Discovery Soap Channel | Disney Moms | HBO Mysteries | Railroad Crossing Entertainment | Formula Records | Geek Records | TBS Animals | Turner Nature | Turner Latino | Sky Network | RKO SuperColor | RKO Game Track | RKO Spirit | RKO Worm | RKO Game Track Color | RKO LineVision | PBS Horror | RKO Hot Line | Discovery Teen Channel | XTV | ComedyTV | SexTV | VCA Television | Kelgame Developments | VCA Mobile | ВИD North America | Capital Productions | Crystal Films | RKO Russia | TVShow | Zenith Television | Zenith Exclusive Distributor | TBS Sci-Fi | PBS Classics | United Knight Broadcasting | Tamerica Broadcasting | RKO 2X | RKO Stereo | Visual Projects | Powerscreen Enterprises | RKO Text | Associated Comics | Stupid Bear Studios | RKO CD | Damaged Door Enterprises | King Manufacturers | RKO Tape | RKO Tape 2 | RKO Tape 3 | RKO Sales | RKO 1550 | RKO Bound | Fish Communications, LLC | RKO Buffalo | Libum Labs | PBS Westerns | Shore Organization | TK94732 Records | RKO Games Australia | Som Livre United States

1Operated by RKO Television Stations.
2RKO manages and operates this station owned by Hearst Television.
3Network owned by Hyper Holdings.
4Co-owned with Turner-Visa Cable Entertainment.

RKO Holdings
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