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TV ONE weatherman Tamati Coffey and his partener Tim Smith have announced thier engangment

They are understood to be planning to hold a civil union near the end of the year.

Coffey took to his Facebook page to announce the news on Valentine’s Day.

Friends and colleagues immediately shared their messages of congratulations.

“That is so romantic! Congrats you two lovebirds, beats a bunch of roses,” Jayne Kiely wrote on the social networking site.

“Welcome to the club, bro,” Mike Puru added.

Spokesperson Andi Brotherston said that TVNZ wished the couple the very best.

Coffey was last week announced as a finalist in the sexiest man category in the Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards.


Source: TVNZ

High-rating TV show Mitre 10 Dream Home has been axed by TVNZ after it found it couldn’t afford to make it.

Show host Jayne Kiely said she believed the show would return in 2011, but there would be no show next year.

Kiely blamed the economic climate for the show’s cutting. “It’s just tight out there, everything is tight.

“A lot of people give a lot of stuff on Dream Home and it’s just harder and harder to get those people on board.”

Kiely was remaining positive that the axing was not permanent and the show would return. “It’s the kind of thing that you think is going to go on and on. I really don’t think it’s gone forever – a break is good.”

The show screened its 10th season earlier this year and was produced by the now-closed Ninox Television.

TVNZ had earlier decided to commission the next season and had started scouting for locations and taking expressions of interest from couples wanting to be on the show.



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Dirty Doctor Ethan Pierce (Owen Black) loves to live a risky existence and he’s intent on taking his new lover Alice Piper (Toni Potter) along for the ride.

A wild child herself, Alice is no stranger to the thrill of living on the edge, but is shocked at some of the adventures that Ethan has in store for her. When the couple head to the casino for a flutter, a dangerous game ensues when Ethan ups the stakes.

Thousands of dollars later Alice leaves the casino with empty pockets and revenge on her mind. When Alice discovers Ethan has a fear of water the challenge is set…

But the question remains. Will this cocky doctor sink or swim?

It’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black when uptight PA Libby Jeffries (Fleur Saville) gives bad boy Kingi Te Wake (Te Kohe Tuhaka) a dressing down for the dangerous company he keeps.

Officially on the outer from the Jeffries family, Kingi is quick to retaliate with a few home truths for the bossy blonde. Libby is left in a state of disbelief when Kingi imparts his knowledge about her own fiancé Kieran Mitchell’s (Adam Rickitt) dodgy dealings with the Whitetails.

Shattering Libby’s squeaky clean dreams of her bar-owning beau, will Libby be able to accept that her happy ever after is being bank rolled by gang dollars?

Regular viewers will remember brave young Timothy Carson (Austin Taylor). Since his cutting edge surgery to manage his Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Timothy has been suffering from un-expected side effects.

Subsequent tests reveal a shocking development in Timothy’s condition. One that will have serious repercussions for several Shortland Street staffers.

Remember if you miss any episode of Shortland Street when it screens on TV2, you can watch it for FREE at TVNZ ondemand

It’s the month of the year Shortland Street fans have been hanging out for – they know December and the season finale will see the culmination of some of the year’s biggest storylines. Or will this year leave us with more questions unanswered?

One thing is for certain – stay tuned for some of the most dramatic moments of the year!

Life in the Kumari -Scott household has been anything but settled since newlyweds Scotty and Shanti moved into their first home. Shanti is unaware of the house’s dark history – it was the scene of a grisly murder-suicide. So when the terrified neighbors refused an invitation to the housewarming party, it should have rung alarm bells that all was not right at the old bungalow.

And this month, the strange events start to escalate. It begins with faulty electrics, a burst hot water cylinder, falling wallpaper and a busted swing. Next come macabre blood-like stains, unexplained accidents and things that go bump in the night.

Trying to put on a brave face, Shanti invites a few pals around for a girls’ get-together, but the house has its own agenda. As renovations unearth a chilling discovery behind the walls, under the cover of darkness a blood-curdling scream will rent the air. By the end of the evening, blood will be spilled – but whose?

Shortland Street beauty Brooke Freeman has been enjoying life’s luxuries since moving into the home of boyfriend Dr Chris Warner. The only fly in her idyllic lifestyle, is Chris’ eight year old son, Harry.

Having spent a lot of time alone with Harry due to Chris’ demanding career, it would be fair to say that Brooke is not a natural with kids. This month, a discussion with a child psychologist unearths the source of Harry’s unhappiness.

Seizing the chance to unburden about Brooke, Harry fills Amelia in on Brooke’s evil deeds, including the fact that she has tried on his dead mother’s clothes and stolen her make-up. Brooke meanwhile, is hopeful that she’s paved the way to get Harry out of the house, when she feigns concern about him to Amelia.

Amelia’s conclusion is that Harry is emotionally disturbed and needs urgent intervention. Will Brooke succeed in her plan to get Harry sent away so she can have the unsuspecting surgeon all to herself?

A love triangle with a twist is another of December’s big themes. Surgeon Ethan Pierce has been working his way into the life and heart of serial killer survivor Alice Piper.
Meanwhile, warm hearted lesbian nurse Maia Jeffries has been growing suspicious of Ethan’s intentions towards her vulnerable friend. Complicating things is that Maia has started to have romantic feelings for Alice herself.

But is either woman really prepared for the dark force that is Ethan Pierce? With Alice falling further under Ethan’s spell, will she heed Maia’s warning that Ethan’s not the man for her? This month, the gloves are off between Maia and Ethan.

When Maia hears an explosive revelation and Ethan’s connection to it, tensions explode – culminating in a very public showdown. But who will come out on top? And will Alice align with her boyfriend or her best friend?

When a bus accident swamps Shortland Street’s Emergency Department, it’s all hands on deck. Surgeons Chris Warner and new Zimbabwean recruit Xavier Moyo are called in to assist and Xavier quickly establishes himself as an able pair of hands.

However ever-competent Head of ED Sarah Potts is suddenly struggling. Having battled her on-off symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis for many months now, the condition chooses an inopportune time to reappear – right in the middle of one of ED’s biggest days.

Struggling to keep her emotions (and symptoms) in check, a tearful Sarah retreats to the comforting arms of husband TK Samuels. Concerned, TK insists on running a battery of new tests – but neither he nor Sarah is prepared for the results and the shock condition they reveal!


Click here to read about the new doctor who will be appearing on Shortland Street

Shorty’s new Xavier

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Shanti Kumari’s (Nisha Madhan) party time is threatened by a lack of enthusiasm from the nearby residents. Knowing the history of Shanti and Scotty’s (Kiel McNaughton) new bungalow, neighbours are opting to stay well clear of the place, party or no party.

Lucky for the Scotts, friends from the hospital turn up and there looks to be the making of great night until cracks start to appear… literally!

The house soon starts to reveal its sorry state with water pipes bursting, ropes breaking and fuses burning. House-proud Shanti ignores the signs. But in the dead of night, when strange noises start happening, Shanti is forced to question the safety and sanctuary of her new abode.

Is there something sinister lurking in the Scott’s new abode?

After a series of lows for money troubled nurse Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper), a surprise invitation gives Morgan new hope.

Friends Cindy (Sarah McLeod) and Trent Watson (John Glass) ask the doe-eyed nurse if she’ll be the godmother of their unborn child. Thrilled and flattered, Morgan readily agrees and instantly has high hopes for her future role.

However her happiness is short lived when her next encounter with Cindy and Trent leaves them reeling. Is there no happiness in the future for poor Morgan?

There are hints that love may conquer all when tough guy Kingi Te Wake (Te Kohe Tuhaka) lets his guard down and declares his love for the beautiful Tania Jeffries (Faye Smythe).

However Tania’s reservations about her bad boy beau are quickly rekindled when she becomes embroiled in Kingi’s gang dealings. Determined to help her man make a clean break from the life he once lived, Tania makes a move to get the law on her side.

Little does she know that by betraying the gang she hates, she may also have betrayed the man that she loves, and the consequences could be deadly.

Sneak preview: we bring you the hottest highlights of the Shortland Street week ahead, right here.

After a dramatic fall, hospital receptionist Yvonne Jeffries (Alison Quigan) has been taking some time to recover. Complications from the accident have left her facing the possibility of surgery.

Initially shocked by the news, her three daughters have decided to take a practical approach by cajoling Yvonne to ‘put her affairs in order’ before she goes under the knife.

Despite their good intentions, Yvonne can’t help but be dismayed that her own family are putting their financial welfare before her health. Just when she needs her family close, she feels tempted to push the greedy girls away.

It turns out a nurse’s wage isn’t quite enough for one big spender. For some time now Nurse Morgan Braithwaite has been hiding her housing and money problems from friends.

However having the chance to review Morgan’s bank statements, friend Gerald is shocked at the depths of her financial woes. Quick thinking Gerald decides to instigate a stringent budget – starting with some serious cutbacks.

Will spend thrift Morgan be able to adhere to Gerald’s rules or will money matters come between these two best friends?

Shanti’s return to Ferndale and into the arms of husband Scotty should be a time of celebration. However all may not be well in the Kumari-Scott household when Shanti hears about her husband’s new gal-pal Bernadette Hamblyn (Narelle Ahrens).

Fearing Shanti’s wrath, Scotty plays doting spouse, hiding his recent liaisons with Bernie. Little does Scotty know that Shanti has a few secrets of her own she’s keen to keep buried.

When flicking through her holiday snaps he is incensed to find a photo of Shanti cosying up to an old flame. Are cracks starting to appear in the marriage of Ferndale’s cross-cultural lovers?

This time please choose 5 characters you wish to have on your team for the whole of Nov/Dec. Every week one of your characters will receive double points, this will be a surprise to you only the point takers will know.

The points for this the November/December game are:

Dies/leaves the show 150
Proposes 150
Marries 150
Divorces 150
Has a baby 150
Breaks off a relationship 95
Starts a new job 90
Gets fired 80
Moves house 75
Sleeps with someone 65
Operates/assists in surgery 50
*Dresses up in a costume 45
Receives medical treatment/checkup/advice 40
Seen with top off/bra/camisole/bikini/dressing gown 35
Says name of character who has left show 30
Mentions real place name (not Ferndale) 25
Seen in a non-set location (1 per location) 20
Kisses/hugs someone 15
Seen getting in or out of the lift 12
*Seen in staff meeting 12
Says Mum/Dad 8
Says DHB, Shortland Street, Ferndale 6
*Gets into a physical fight 5
Uses phone/computer/radio/watches TV 4
Receives a gift/flowers 3
Has a drink of any sort 2
*Mentions anything about Christmas 1
Seen taking drugs (illegal/legal) – includes smoking -20
Says bitch/slag/bastard/cow/pig/tosser -20
*A patient dies in surgery your character operates/assists in -50

* All new points

“the fun is in playing the game”

Sneak preview: we bring you the hottest highlights of the Shortland Street week ahead, right here.

Just one week ago PA Libby Jeffries (Fleur Saville) was over the moon when boyfriend Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt) gifted her a brand new expensive car. Despite her reservations about the pricey purchase, it doesn’t take long before Libby’s flash wheels become a fashion necessity for the snobby blonde.

Libby hits a snag in her love affair with the Beemer when it gets stolen. Smelling a rat, Libby takes Kieran to task about the legitimacy of the purchase.

The love life of Shortland Street’s lonely lesbian Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne) hits a fork in the road. After a long and loyal friendship with party girl Alice Piper (Toni Potter), Maia realises her feelings may be growing into something more.

In particular of late the two nurses have been sharing a lot more than just a flat with many nights at home talking about stories and secrets. Despite Maia’s private hopes for something a little more, she’s well aware that Alice is romantically linked to surgeon Ethan Pierce (Owen Black).

When Alice falls asleep, Maia is left to contemplate her attraction. Will she make the move on an unwitting Alice?

While Scotty (Kiel McNaughton) has never been known as a commitment-phobe, the big ‘L’ word sends him into a tale spin! While Shanti (Nisha Madhan) has been having some family time in India, Scotty has found himself spending time with old friend Bernadette Hamblyn (Narelle Ahrens).

But things take an uncomfortable twist when he’s horrified to hear her confession of having feelings for a married man.

Assuming that he’s the guy in question Scotty realises he may have led poor Bernie on – while at the same time potentially landing himself in very hot water with the missus. Hear all about Bernie’s object of desire on Shortland Street.

Remember if you miss any episode of Shortland Street when it screens on TV2, you can watch it for FREE at TVNZ ondemand