The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street in 1995, by order of first appearance.
|Shortland Street character|
|Portrayed by||Meighan Desmond|
|First appearance||18 January 1995|
|Introduced by||Gavin Strawhan|
Lulu Chatfield first arrived in early 1995, having become good friends with Stuart Neilson (Martin Henderson) after his short holiday away from Ferndale. It was soon revealed Lulu was a teenage runaway, having been sexually abused by her father. Stuart's mother Marj (Elizabeth McRae) fostered Lulu alongside her husband Laurie (Chich Littlewood) and Lulu became good friends with Minnie Crozier (Katrina Devine). Lulu began to date James Thornton (Chris Dykzeul) but was devastated when her father was acquitted of his charges of molestation and tried to hunt her down. He was arrested and Lulu broke up with James when he kissed Minnie. In 1996 Lulu departed with Marj and Laurie to live in Wellington.
|Shortland Street character|
|Portrayed by||Joel Tobeck|
|First appearance||24 February 1995|
|Last appearance||22 November 1996|
|Introduced by||Gravin Strawhan (1995, 1996)|
Craig Develter appeared in two stints in 1995 and 1996, portrayed by Joel Tobeck. Craig was a friend of Otis Jackson's (Shane Bartle) but this changed when a drunk Otis crashed the car the two were traveling in. Craig was seriously injured and lost the use of his legs, becoming a wheelchair user The clinic staff soon realised the true manipulative nature of Craig when he began to blackmail and emotionally torture Otis as payback for his injuries. Craig returned the following year in a much better mindset having adjusted to his restrictions. However his disdain for the "system" was still apparent and he revealed secrets to manipulate the seriousness of paraplegia to the newly injured Rangi Heremaia (Blair Strang).
The "bad-ass, wheelchair-bound drug dealer" portrayal of Craig was later identified as, "one of the show's more memorable characters" by a reviewer from The New Zealand Herald .
Zac Smith arrived in a guest role in mid 1995 as the potential love interest for Grace Kwan (Lynette Forday). He returned several months later when he was revealed as the illegitimate half brother of James Thornton (Chris Dykzeul) before he embarked on a scandalous storyline where he dated James' mother and recent widow - Julia Thornton (Elizabeth Hawthorne). Zac returned in 2002 and in a more central role in 2012.
|Shortland Street character|
|Portrayed by||Kelly Tate (1995–96)|
Olivia Tennet (2007–08)
|First appearance||24 October 1995|
|Last appearance||25 April 2008|
|Introduced by||Gavin Strawham (1995)|
Jason Daniel (2007)
Tuesday Warner first appeared in late 1995 when she was born to parents - Carmen Roberts (Theresa Healey) and Guy Warner (Craig Parker) in a storm.The following year Tuesday was diagnosed with a brain tumour and she and Guy were forced to go to America for it to be operated on. The two returned 11 years later and it was soon clear to Guy's brother Chris (Michael Galvin), that Tuesday was covering up Guy's drug addiction. They fled Ferndale but upon their return 6 months later, got into a devastating car crash. Tuesday began to attend high school and developed a crush on Wiremu Potae (Scott Cotter) but it was unrequited and she ended up returning to America with Guy.
Christopher Alexander Warner is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street who has been portrayed by Michael Galvin since the show's first episode, making him the longest running original character. Galvin quit the show in 1996, but returned to the show four years later when the show underwent a revamp. In total he has been with Shortland Street for 23 of its 27 years.
Guy Warner is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street who was portrayed by Craig Parker in a guest role in 1992 before returning as core cast from 1993 to 1996. Guy returned for the shows 15th anniversary in May 2007 and again from December 2007 to April 2008.
Darryl Neilson is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. Appearing sporadically, Darryl made several recurring appearance from 1992 to the characters death in 1995. He was portrayed by Mark Ferguson.
Dr. Stuart Neilson is a fictional character in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street who was portrayed by Martin Henderson as part of the original cast until early 1995. The character returned after 22 years off screen to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary episode which aired on the 25th of May, 2017.
Marjorie "Marj" Brasch is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. Being part of the original cast, she was portrayed by Elizabeth McRae from the show's first season in 1992 up until 1996. She returned as a guest character in 1998, 2002, as part of the show's 20th anniversary in May 2012 and again for the show's 25th anniversary in 2017.
The annual Shortland Street Cliffhanger is a storyline at the end of each year's season that leaves behind a question to be solved the following year. This technique is used to lure viewers back after the long break. Cliffhangers are usually carefully written so that storylines from throughout the year come to a head and interconnect. The following is a list by year of Shortland Street's cliffhangers.
Jenny Harrison is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. She was portrayed by Maggie Harper as part of the show's original cast, making her first appearance in the second episode. Harper quit the role in 1998 but reprised the character briefly 4 years later.
Waverley Harrison was a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. She was portrayed by Claire Chitham and was introduced as a love interest for Nick Harrison who she eventually married 8 years after her arrival to the show. The character returned along with Husband Nick for the show's 25th anniversary episode that aired on 25 May 2017.
Greg Feeney is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, who was portrayed by Tim Balme for numerous recurring stints throughout the mid to late nineties.
David Fergus Kearney is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street who was portrayed by Paul Ellis for numerous recurring stints from 1995 to 1999 before becoming a regular character until 2001. The character returned briefly in 2002.
Zachary "Zac" Smith is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street who has been portrayed by Mike Edward in multiple guest stints since mid 1995. The character returned in a more central role for the shows 20th anniversary in 2012.
Minnie Crozier is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, who was portrayed by Katrina Devine from her first appearance in 1994 as part of the Crozier family unit until 2001 when the character was axed as part of a large cast overhaul.
Sarah "Sass" Warner is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. Born onscreen, Sass was originally played by an uncredited baby actor in 1993 before Lucy Lovegrove took over the role in 2016. Her early storylines focused on her casual relationship with Hawks Logan and marrying Mason Coutts before the relationship turns disastrous and ultimately leading to his death. Sass proved popular amongst the viewers as a "beloved" character.