Kiel McNaughton

Actor, Director [Ngāti Mahanga, Tainui]

Manurewa-bred Kiel McNaughton followed stunt work and study at Unitec with a five year stint playing beloved Shortland Street nurse James 'Scotty' Scott. Alongside his wife Kerry Warkia, he founded Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions in 2006, where he has directed shows Fine Me a Māori BrideThis is Piki, and Nia’s Extra Ordinary Life, New Zealand’s first web series for kids. McNaughton and Warkia went on to produce anthology movies Waru and Vai, which was shot across the Pacific. In February 2020 McNaughton made his debut as a feature film director, with action movie The Legend of Baron To'a.  

We were born in 2006, founded by actors who wanted to shape their own opportunities for rewarding work. Brown celebrates our ethnicity. Sugar symbolises fun that comes from creativity. Apple as a reminder to be natural. Grunt recognises the effort required to deliver successful content. It's also the name of our favourite dessert. Founding manifesto for Kiel McNaughton's production company, Brown Sugar Apple Grunt

The Legend of Baron To'a

2019, Director - Film

Vai

2019, Producer - Film

Bloopers - Shortland Street

2018, As: Nurse James Scott - Television

Waru

2017, Producer - Film

This is Piki

2016, Director - Television

This is Piki - First Episode

2016, Director - Television

Find Me a Māori Bride

2015 - 2017, Director - Television

Find Me a Māori Bride - First Episode

2015, Director - Television

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life

2014, Director, Writer - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 01, Stones (First Episode)

2014, Director, Writer - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 02, Castles Made of Sand (Episode Two)

2014, Director, Writer - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 03, Lucas (Episode Three)

2014, Director, Writer - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 04, The Scrap (Episode Four)

2014, Writer, Director - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 05, The Weakest Link (Episode Five)

2014, Writer, Director - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 06, Artsy Fartsy (Episode Six)

2014, Writer, Director - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 07, Wonderland (Episode Seven)

2014, Writer, Director - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 08, Pontoon (Episode Eight)

2014, Writer, Director - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 09, Deserted Island (Episode Nine)

2014, Writer, Director - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 10, Diorama (Episode 10)

2014, Writer, Director - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 11, Into The Night (Episode 11)

2014, Writer, Director - Web

Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 12, Goodbye Hazel (Episode 12)

2014, Director, Writer - Web

Neighbourhood

2012 - 2017, Presenter - Television

River Queen

2005, Stunts - Film

20/20

2011, Subject - Television

Shortland Street

2007 - 2011, As: Nurse James Scott - Television