KJ Apa Access

Character: Kane Jenkins
Created by: Bettina Hollings, Caterina De Nave, Jason Daniel
Other cast: Michael Galvin, Ben Mitchell, Amanda Billing
Premiere date: May 25, 1992
Episodes: December 11, 2013 – July 6, 2015
Genre: Drama
Running time: 30 minutes

Shortland Street is a New Zealand prime-time soap opera centring on the fictitious Shortland Street Hospital, first broadcast on TVNZ 2 on 25 May 1992. It is the country’s longest-running drama and soap opera, being broadcast continuously for over 6,000 episodes and 24 years, and is one of the most watched television programmes in New Zealand. The show was originally screened as five half-hour episodes each week and initially receiving mixed reviews on its premiere. After its launch it dropped in ratings and would have been cancelled if TVNZ had not ordered a year’s worth of episodes in advance. TVNZ renewed the production in early 1993 when the show’s rating had picked up, and it now has “long-term public enthusiasm”. Today, it is one of New Zealand’s highest-rated shows, frequently making AGB Nielsen Media Research’s top 5 programmes of the week.


Shortland Street is a serial medical drama centred around the lives and loves of the staff and patients of Shortland Street Hospital; an engaging and entertaining mix of medical crisis, human drama, romance and suspense. Set in the high-pressure environment of an inner city district hospital, Shortland Street follows the day to day romances and professional dilemmas of a team of caring professionals, committed to their patients, and to each other. The series has drawn acclaim for its handling of issues such as safe sex, AIDS, child abuse, alcoholism, cot death and suicide. Shortland Street is New Zealand’s longest running drama series.


04.jpg 09.jpg 06.jpg 138.jpg

Kane Jenkins

04.jpgBorn: 1999
Parents: Jimmy Isaac, Jennifer Jenkins
Siblings: Dayna Jenkins, Stevie Isaac (half-sister)
First appearance: December 11, 2013

Kane Jenkins is a fictional character from the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. He is the estranged brother to Dayna. In contrast to his mercurial sister, Kane is a very stable character – reliable, unflappable, loyal and a straight-talker, even to the point of accidental rudeness. He’s also extremely competitive and isn’t good at coping with losing, in any sphere. Kane has learned to keep his opinions to himself and keep his head down and not make a fuss . But deep down he’s very strong willed, even obstinate as he pursues his own goals.

Kane has spent most of his life in private boarding school, so doesn’t have a close relationship with Dayna or their wider family. Kane’s community are his team mates – he loves sport and finds it an uncomplicated, easy past-time. He responds well to the rules and boundaries implicit in playing sport – it’s a world he understands. He’s very conservative as a result, and tends to force others to obey rules and social conventions.

Kane wants to form a “team” of mates as soon as he can in Ferndale, no matter what that takes. He’s a good friend – and highly skilled at keeping secrets, as he has a few himself. Jaded by his experiences of Dayna’s emotional behaviour, he avoids emotional situations whenever possible, and prefers the more familiar world of boys and men. In fact, he finds the female gender utterly baffling. After arriving to stay with the Coopers, Kane quickly bonded Murray over their love of sports and he has found a group of mates in Toby and Harry.


  • Shortland Street was filmed at South Pacific Pictures Browns Bay studios in the North Shore, Auckland from 1992 until 2000. After that purpose built studios were constructed in Henderson, West Auckland. This is also where Outrageous Fortune (2005-present) is filmed.
  • The working title of the show was The Shortland Street Project, named after its planned filming location in the Television New Zealand-owned studios at 74 Shortland Street in downtown Auckland. The studios however were too small to fit all the sets required and production was subsequently moved to a warehouse in the suburb of Browns Bay, but the name stuck and was truncated to simply Shortland Street.
  • Shortland Street was originally a private clinic, however in 2001 it was revamped into a public hospital.
  • Shortland Street received mixed reviews on suicide episode, aired October 2, 2014. In the episode, 15-year-old Kane Jenkins (played by KJ Apa) attempts to end his life after a slide into depression. Many spoke about the episode being “too poor” and “not detailed enough” all because it doesn’t go into specifics of Kane’s suicide attempt, as to discourage any copycat behavior. The script was shown to Mental Health Foundation, who advised on some script changes, before the episode was shot.

    Check out our episode guide, with information on every episode KJ was in from 2013 to 2015. This guide is divided by season– Click the season you want to view for more information below!

    SEASON 23

    SEASON 24

    SEASON 25

    Credits: Shortland Street Official Website, Wikipedia