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Weeknights at 7pm | TV2

Get to know Ngahuia Piripi

Esther recently popped up in Ferndale! Learn a little more about the actress who plays her. 


Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.

We are both Maori, we both love good trackies and we also have the same fear.


Which other character would you like to be and why?

 Rachel McKenna – so I can be the boss lady. haha


What are your hobbies/interests outside of SS?

Kapahaka is my biggest interest/hobby outside of Shortland Street



What do you do in your down time during the day when you’re not shooting?

I try to spend as much time with my family as I can.


What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?

In New Zealand, my home “Ahipara”. Overseas, my second home, Hawaii.


Are you single or attached?



What is your date of birth and what star sign are you?

I was born on Boxing Day – I’m a Capricorn


What is your favourite food?

Margarita Pizza


What is your favourite television programme and/or film of all time?

Love Game of Thrones and most of the Disney classic films


Can you remember your first day on Shortland Street – what was it like?

It was on location. It wasn’t as daunting as I had expected, thank goodness! My first scenes were with Ben Mitchell.