Shortland Street celebrates 6000 episodes

As New Zealand's favourite soap marks the special occasion, take a look back at some of the memorable moments.

New Zealand's favourite soap is celebrating 6000 episodes this week.
Shortland Street first appeared on Kiwi televisions in 1992, and that first episode featured a birth, a (now famous) sex scene between Dr Chris Warner and an aerobics instructor played by Suzy Aiken, and what remains the show’s most famous line “You’re not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata” delivered by Nurse Carrie Burton.
Over the past 24 years, the show has continued to deliver storylines not usually associated with weeknight soaps, including an HIV scare, incest, teen suicide, euthanasia, sexuality, civil union, drug use and mental illness.
“We do push the boundaries because we tell the truth about things that matter,” says producer Maxine Fleming.
“And we always try to do this with humour and humanity because, first and foremost, we are here to entertain, but also to reflect what is happening around us in New Zealand.”
Over the course of 6000 episodes, Shortland Street has seen over 40 deaths of core cast and major guest cast characters, 23 births, 35 weddings and the first transgender actor playing a transgender character.
Stars have gone on to appear in Hollywood blockbusters, hit international television shows, and one of them almost became James Bond.
Take a look through some of the memorable moments on - and off - screen.