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Shortland Street - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1992

The first episode of Shortland Street starts with a pregnant woman being rushed to the clinic after an accident. Only the doctors are all missing. Visiting doctor Hone Ropata (Temuera Morrison), who is soon to join the team, makes the call to deliver the baby. Head nurse Carrie Burton (Lisa Crittenden) disagrees, and proceeds to mention that Dr Ropata is no longer in Guatemala. This first episode of the five night a week soap screened on 25 May 1992. It would go on to become New Zealand's longest running TV drama (but not our first soap — that was Close to Home).

I tried to reason with him, but he just bulldozed over me and went ahead. You know the last thing I need is any more scandal.
– Chief Nurse Carrie Burton (Lisa Crittenden) to clinic boss Michael McKenna (Paul Gittins), describing Doctor Ropata's insistence on delivering a baby

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