Nicola Kawana

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Nicola Kawana
Born New Zealand
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Nicola Kawana (born 1970) is best known for playing Huia Samuels on the longest running New Zealand television series Shortland Street. Other roles include Mercy Peak, Jackson's Wharf and Lollie in The Man Who Lost His Head.

As of August 20, 2006, the character Huia Samuels has been written out of Shortland Street. It was reported that Kawana was very angry with the decision. However, the story that appeared went to print based on gossip. Kawana was unable to give her side of the story due to the legal constraints of her contract to South Pacific Pictures, the makers of the serial programme.[citation needed]

Actors on the show are generally contracted for six to twelve months at a time; given the nature of fast turnaround TV and the production process, some characters last longer than initially envisioned, others shorter. In Kawana's case, her contract had been terminated two months short of the agreed amount of time stipulated in her contract.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Saving Grace Nurse
2005 Mystery of DeRezny's Limp, TheThe Mystery of DeRezny's Limp DeRezny's Mother Short
2009 Kehua Sarah Short
2012 Fresh Meat Margaret Crane
2013 Pumanawa: The Gift Spirit Pare Short


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Enid Blyton Secret Series, TheThe Enid Blyton Secret Series Jaguarheads "The Secret Mountain"
1999 Jackson's Wharf Mahina Jackson Recurring role
2002 Mercy Peak Karina Chadwick "Do the Right Thing", "Fear and Loathing"
2002 Mataku Tui Burton "The Rocks"
2005-06 Shortland Street Huia Samuels Regular role
2007 Man Who Lost His Head, TheThe Man Who Lost His Head Lollie TV film
2008 Legend of the Seeker Sylvia "Brennidon"
2009 Eruption Mere TV film
2011 Brown Bruthaz TV series
2014 Kick, TheThe Kick TV film
2015 Find Me a Maori Bride Judge Judy "1.8"
2016 Reset Mere TV film
2016 Brokenwood Mysteries, TheThe Brokenwood Mysteries Tina "Over Her Dead Body", "A Merry Bloody Christmas"

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