The name suggests a 1950s vocal group but The Katene Sisters were the brief creation of a storyline on TV soap Shortland Street. With a talent quest in the offing, it emerged that Nurse Jackie Manu (Nancy Brunning) had been in a girl group with two cousins. One cousin appeared (played by Annie Crummer) but Nurse Carrie Burton (Lisa Crittenden) stood in for the other. The new Katene Sisters didn’t win the contest but their song ‘Keeping Up That Love Thing’ (penned by Crummer and ex-Holidaymaker Barbara Griffin) reached number three in the charts in 1993.
The Katene Sisters were a Shortland Street creation — a vocal group from the past of nurse Jackie Manu (Nancy Brunning), who reformed for a talent quest. The other members were her cousins, but only one (Annie Crummer) appeared, allowing nurse Carrie Burton (Lisa Crittenden) to step in. Though they didn’t win, they were given a brief life outside the show when this song (written by Crummer and ex Holidaymaker Barbara Griffin) peaked at number three in the NZ charts. The video shows them getting down to business in the recording studio, with Crummer in her element.