Screenwriter Nick Malmholt has carved out a career as something of a soap opera specialist. Originally a journalist and copywriter, Malmholt got his start in television drama in the 1990s, on the writing team for Shortland Street. Taking his skills overseas, he then worked as a writer and storyliner on soap operas in Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe, including Neighbours, Coronation Street and Bad Girls. After more than a decade abroad — mostly in the UK — Malmont returned to New Zealand in 2016, to take the helm as Shortland Street's Head Writer. He has also written for Kiwi rugby drama show Head High.
... back in the day, I think most New Zealanders had that same kind of cultural cringe about seeing our own stories and hearing our own accents and it was all just a little bit awkward and horrible. But I really felt, truly, that the time had come, that we were ready to give it a go. Nick Malmholt on the early years of Shortland Street in a Radio New Zealand interview, 2 September 2017