The performance of ZnO TFTs fabricated via RF sputtering, with Aluminium Nitride (AlN) as the underlying insulator are reported. The surface roughness of ZnO with AlN is lower than that with SiN by at least 5 times, and that with SiO2 by 30 times. The resulting mobility for the three insulators AlN, SiN, SiO2 using identical process is found to be 3, 0.2-0.7 and 0.1-0.25 cm2/Vs respectively. There does not appear to be any corresponding improvement in the stability of the AlN devices. The devices demonstrate significant positive threshold voltage shift with positive gate bias and negative threshold voltage shift with negative gate bias. The underlying cause is surmised to be ultra-fast interface states in combination with bulk traps in the ZnO.