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A reader’s appeal: what are your best memories of New Zealand’s soap opera Shortland Street? | New Zealand


New Zealand’s longest-running soap opera, Shortland Street, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. The hospital drama was “the scale of a television drama when I was a young man,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in 2019. “She always did her job of tracking big things New Zealand society too, and thinking about itself ”.

This marked the beginning of the careers of some of the country’s biggest stars: Temuer Morrison, Martin Henderson, Rose McIvor, KJ Apa, Carl Urban, and these are some of them. It spawned household jokes and sayings (“You’re Not in Guatemala Now, Dr. Rapata”), developed jumps related to incest, murders, failed weddings, and shocking deaths, reinvented itself over and over again to stay relevant, and undoubtedly became part of New Zealand Cultural Fabric.

We want to hear from our New Zealand readers about what place “Shorty” occupies in your heart. Are you a super fan? What is your most pleasant memory or favorite episode and why? Do you remember how you first watched the show and how it changed over the years? How would you like Shortland Street to develop over the next 30 years?


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