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Encyclopedia > Storylines of Shortland Street (1996)

This article details the storylines that took place on the New Zealand Soap Opera Shortland Street in the year 1996. For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... Shortland Street is a New Zealand soap opera set in a modern metropolitan Auckland City hospital. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...



Kirsty Knight (Angela Dotchin) eventually realised that Greg Feeney (Tim Balme) would never change and returned to her husband Lionel Skeggins (John Leigh), Lionel had by this time fallen in love with Dr. Grace Kwan (Lynette Forday) and he and Kirsty eventually separated. Grace refused to acknowledge her feelings for Lionel and instead continued her relationship with Ryan Birch (Robert Harte), who had returned with his daughter Minnie Crozier (Katrina Devine). Angela Marie Dotchin (born March 31, 1974 in Auckland, New Zealand) is an actress. ... Timothy Guy Balme is a New Zealand actor, best known within New Zealand for his long-running guest role as Greg Feeney in the television soap opera Shortland Street. ... Katrina Devine was born July 1980 in Northern Ireland. ...

Minnie grew close to Nurse Harry Martin (Dean O'Gorman) after discovering that she had been a product of rape. By this time Minnie's mother, Nurse Ellen Crozier (Robyn Malcolm) had forgiven Ryan and encouraged Minnie to forgive him too. Minnie and Ryan eventually reconciled.

Ramona Derby (Ashleigh Seagar) and Dr. Johnny Marinovich (Stelios Yiakmis) continued their relationship and Johnny finally filed for divorce from Ellen so he could be with Ramona. However Ramona decided that she wasn't ready to commit to Johnny and the two broke up. Ramona left Ferndale with her daughter Lucy, while Johnny ended up in a relationship with Dr. Julia Thornton (Elizabeth Hawthorne). Unfortunately Julia's head was quickly turned by the return of Zak Smith.

Rachel McKenna and Rangi Heremaia's (Angela Bloomfield and Blair Strang) romance was not smooth sailing. Shortly after the two got together, Rangi was involved in an accident that killed one person. Rangi was cleared of wrongdoing, but shortly thereafter his ex-girlfriend Wai and their son Toka turned up in town. Wai tried to come between Rangi and Rachel, but failed. Rangi and Rachel's stormy relationship continued. Angela Bloomfield is a New Zealand actor and director. ... Blair Strang is a New Zealand actor. ...

Rebecca Frost's (Luisa Burgess) religious beliefs did not stop her from becoming involved in questionable relationships with a married man, and the sexually confused Kane, who was simultaneously involved with Rachel's brother Jonathan McKenna (Kieren Hutchinson). One night Rangi and Rebecca argued while renovating Kennedy's, which had just been bought for Rachel by her mother as a 21st birthday present. The two ended up sleeping together, and Rangi decided that he wanted to be with Rebecca. However, Rangi couldn't bring himself to break up with Rachel, and eventually Rebecca grew frustrated and called off the relationship.

Rachel had in fact decided to dump Rangi herself, but was prevented from doing so when Rangi was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Rangi was left as a paraplegic and Rachel felt obligated to care for him. The stress began to take its toll on Rachel, and she began to drink heavily. Eventually, Rangi and Rachel broke up. After an argument at christmas, a drunken Rachel stormed off to the garage to drive off and Rangi followed her to stop her from drink driving. Rachel passed out in her car while Rangi was pinned in his wheelchair between the car and the wall as exhaust fumes filled the air.

Ellen began a relationship with the newly arrived Dr David Kearney who had been Jenny's oncologist during her breast cancer ordeal. Meanwhile, streetkid Fergus first arrived on the scene as one of the street kids that Guy Warner was helping, and returned several months later at a party where he took the virginity of Ellen Crozier's daughter Minnie. Minnie later tried to sneak Fergus into her room, but was caught out by David and Ellen. It was at this point that it was revealed that Fergus was David's son and that he had run away from home several years earlier. David's sister Liz Stokes felt sorry for the boy and decided to take him in, but he burned down her home. Fergus was arrested and sent to a juvenile detention facility.

If Fergus wasn't enough to deal with, David and Ellen also had to contend with Johnny, who tried several times to break up David and Ellen, and even befriended Fergus, but Ellen had fallen deeply in love with David. However, David's ex-wife Isobel turned up when Fergus had gotten into trouble and Ellen misinterpreted their relationship. Ellen flew to Fiji and spent several weeks there. David found out where Ellen was and flew to Fiji, where he and Ellen had a tender reunion. Ellen would then break the news to David that she was pregnant with his child.

Dr Ian Seymour arrived in town, and after a brief flirtation with Caroline, began dating Jenny, who was still recovering from her breast cancer. Nick initially suspected Ian of being involved in shady business dealings. This led to a tense situation for Nick and Caroline at Christmas.

Kirsty and Lionel realised that they still had feelings for one another and shared a kiss at Christmas time.

Cast Members

All Year Cast Members

  • Maggie Harper (P.A. Jenny Harrison)
  • Karl Burnett (Nick Harrison)
  • Angela Marie Dotchin (Kirsty Knight)
  • Angela Bloomfield (Rachel McKenna)
  • Lynette Forday (Dr. Grace Kwan)
  • Robyn Malcolm (Nurse Ellen Crozier)
  • Katrina Devine (Minnie Crozier)
  • John Leigh (Lionel Skeggins)
  • Stelios Yiakmis (Johnny Marinovich)
  • Luisa Burgess (Nurse Rebecca Frost)
  • Alison James (Nurse Tiffany Pratt)
  • Blair Strang (Rangi Heiramaia)
  • Chris Dykzeul (James Thornton)
  • Mary Lose (Nurse Ana Fa'asolo])
  • Michaela Rooney (Dr. Emily Devine)
  • Tandi Wright (Caroline Buxton)

Karl Burnett is a New Zealand actor best known for his portrayal of Nick Harrison on the long-running New Zealand soap, Shortland Street. ... Angela Marie Dotchin (born March 31, 1974 in Auckland, New Zealand) is an actress. ... Angela Bloomfield is a New Zealand actor and director. ... Katrina Devine was born July 1980 in Northern Ireland. ... Blair Strang is a New Zealand actor. ... Tandi Wright (b. ...

Recurring Cast Members

  • Glynis McNicoll (Lady Margot Warner)
  • Kieren Hutchinson (Jonathan McKenna)
  • Tim Balme (Greg Feeney)
  • Ashliegh Seagar (Ramona Derby)
  • Timothy Bartlett) (Bernie Leach)
  • Sheila Summers (Glenys Crozier)
  • Shelly Turner (Dora Megaw)
  • Robert Hearte (Ryan Birch)
  • Paul Ellis (Fergus Kearney)
  • David Press (Dr. Ian Seymour)
  • Sydney Jackson (Vern Pratt)
  • Paula Keenan (Adele Pratt)
  • Natalya Humphrey (Gretchen Olsen)
  • Andrew Laing (Nigel Bailey)
  • Charlotte Pennington (Libby Bailey)
  • Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Isobel Kearney)
  • Jacob Rajan (Dr. Ashwin Prasard)

Timothy Guy Balme is a New Zealand actor, best known within New Zealand for his long-running guest role as Greg Feeney in the television soap opera Shortland Street. ... Jennifer Ward-Lealand is a New Zealand actress who has appeared on many films and television shows such as The Ugly and Shortland Street as well as the Australian comedy series Full Frontal. ...


  • David Press (Dr. Ian Seymour, recurring until October)
  • Peter Elliot (Dr. David Kearney)
  • Glen Drake (Nurse Cameron Scott)
  • Stewart Turner (Dr. Gary Travis)
  • Irene Wood (Nurse Liz Stokes)

The Very Rev. ...


Michael Galvin Michael Galvin is a well known New Zealand actor. ... Craig Parker as Haldir in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. ... Elizabeth McRae is a New Zealand actress, best known for her portrayal of Marjorie Brasch (nee Neilson) on the soap opera Shortland Street from 1992 until 1996 with further appearances in 1998 and 2002. ... Meighan Desmond (born October 7, 1977) is a New Zealand actress who played the goddess Discord on three television shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Young Hercules. ... Rene Naufahu played as Emperor Gruumm in Power Rangers SPD. Categories: ...

Guest Stars

  • Peter Rowley (Frank Hill)
  • Belinda Todd (Jessica Steele)

Celebrity Appearances

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