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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

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The Legend of Baron To'a

2019, Director - Film

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Vai

2019, Producer - Film

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Bloopers - Shortland Street

2018, As: Nurse James Scott - Television

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Waru

2017, Producer - Film

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This is Piki

2016, Director - Television

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This is Piki - First Episode

2016, Director - Television

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Find Me a Māori Bride

2015 - 2017, Director - Television

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Find Me a Māori Bride - First Episode

2015, Director - Television

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life

2014, Director, Writer - Web

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

2014, Director, Writer - Web

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

2014, Director, Writer - Web

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

2014, Director, Writer - Web

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

2014, Writer, Director - Web

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

2014, Writer, Director - Web

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

2014, Writer, Director - Web

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

2014, Writer, Director - Web

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

2014, Writer, Director - Web

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

2014, Writer, Director - Web

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

2014, Writer, Director - Web

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

2014, Writer, Director - Web

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

2014, Director, Writer - Web

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Neighbourhood

2012 - 2017, Presenter - Television

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Hidden

2005, As: Mark - Film

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River Queen

2005, Stunts - Film

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20/20

2011, Subject - Television

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Shortland Street

2007 - 2011, As: Nurse James Scott - Television