Shortland Street - Weeknights on TV2

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Well known actress Teuila Blakely joins the cast of Shortland Street this week, taking on the role of Maxwell’s (Robbie Magasiva) feisty ex-wife Vasa Levi. Quickly shaking things up, Vasa’s arrival promises to stir up some drama in Ferndale.

Nominated for best actress at the 2006 New Zealand Screen Awards for her role in Sione’s Wedding, Blakely has an extensive list of television, presenting and radio credits to her name, including Outrageous Fortune, Flava FM, Juice Music Television, Radiradirah and Bro Town.

Thrilled to accept a role on Shortland Street, Blakely says it’s been a fantastic experience so far.

“I’m learning so much at Shortland Street, and loving it all,” says Blakely. “The fast turn-around nature of shooting is different from anything I’ve worked on, but it’s great fun.”

Blakely likens Vasa to ‘Samoan hot sauce’, saying it won’t be long until she causes some trouble. When asked if she shares any similarities with Vasa, Blakely says they’re both Samoan, both single mothers and both great cooks.

Having acted alongside Robbie Magasiva in Sione’s Wedding, Blakely says it’s been great fun working with him again.

“Robbie works hard and is hard on himself, like I am, so we seem to work well together,” explains Blakely.

Blakely believes the family scenes have been her favourite material to film on the show so far.

“There hasn’t been a Pacific Island family on Shortland Street like this until now, so that’s pretty special,” says Blakely. “My onscreen daughter Frankie Adams (Ula) is just great too.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Shortland Street will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

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  • korn007

    If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Shortland Street will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to and click the ‘ondemand’ button.


    Or you could wait 10 years to see it on TVNZ6.

  • Toni Skelton

    I think Ms Blakely’s character on Shortland Street is sickening.  There are enough misery gutses on this show as it is, do we need more of them?  Get rid of her – she hasn’t got a soft bone in her body, or a decent word to say to anyone – least of all her daughter.  Scotty needs to be taken up an alley and b!tch slapped – pompous, know-it-all twat.  I hope the young newcomer who has it in for him, manages to reduce him to a blubbering wimp.  I am so sick of his high-handed, not to mention outright rude, handling of his staff, I prefer not to watch the show when he has a storyline.  I wish Wendy had cold-cocked him in tonight’s episode, and while she was at it – a right uppercut to Vasa from the long-suffering Wendy would have helped to encourage me back to watch it. Meantime, the more Wendy is beaten down and treated like a second-rate citizen, the less time my tele dial will be switched to TV2 at 7pm.  Bring on a story-line for Yvonne (best actor on the show) again – I was disgusted when the producers offed Ben…there was so much more to tell.  Maia is a wimp and hasn’t had a decent storyline since I don’t know when.  Nicole – excellent, feisty little tramp – more of her storyline – shes too strong for Maia.  Rachel is my all time favorite  character- outstanding actress.  So, get rid of Scotty and Vasa, they are a waste of effort; have Isaac sucker-punch is dodgy cousin; give Harry some acting lessons or get rid of him – he doesn’t add anything of consequence to the show and bring on some decent storylines that we can follow with earnest.  Love triangles and one-nighters are so ‘last year’!