July on Shortland Street
The Shortland Street winter season may be coming to a close in July, but things in Ferndale are only getting more intense over the course of the month.
Here's our pick of the hottest stories that will be beaming into your living rooms this July.
After months in prison awaiting trial for Hayley's murder, it seems that Chris Warner might finally have a critical breakthrough.
After struggling with his son Phoenix's rejection, Chris is delighted when his son has a turnaround and starts believing in his innocence.
Feeling guilty over not believing his father for so long, Phoenix uncovers vital evidence that may clear Chris' name and sets about to retrieve it.
But Phoenix's investigations lead him into a dangerous criminal
underworld that might put his own life at risk&.what price will
Chris have to pay for his freedom?
Head of ED Maxwell Avia faces a big decision this month on Shortland Street.
Just as Maxwell, daughter Ula and ex-wife Vasa try to rebuild their lives after Ula adopted her baby boy out, and a rocky six months, he receives a lucrative job offer from a hospital in Hong Kong.
Sorely tempted by the opportunity, Maxwell debates whether he can uproot his life and leave a vulnerable Ula behind.
But as he wrestles with the decision, sparks fly with an old flame who may just help convince him to stay.
It's an uphill battle on the romance front for trainee doctor Paige Munroe.
Paige is drawn to ED doc Josh Gallagher but despite an obvious attraction between them, his constant mixed messages are leaving the poor girl seriously confused!
After witnessing tension between the two at work, TK decides to play match maker and invites the couple over for dinner.
But TK's meddling backfires when the dinner party turns into a disaster and Paige is forced to reconsider whether Josh's charms are worth all the hassle!
Keep watching this July to find out if this ill-fated couple will ever manage to get it together.
A birthday celebration brings a divided Cooper family temporarily back together this month on Shortland Street.
Evan's birthday brings an opportunity for a thawing in relations between separated husband and wife, Murray and Wendy.
Wendy puts on a brave face and invites Murray to Evan's birthday party for the sake of their kids but the family gathering just goes to prove the emotional wounds for some of the Cooper family are still too fresh.
As the fallout from Murray and Wendy's split continues, family tensions are set to explode and one of the Coopers kids resorts to a violent act of rebellion.
Sibling rivalry steps up between sisters Brooke Freeman and Bree Hamilton this month.
Unable to oust a devious Bree, boss Rachel McKenna decides to pit the two sisters against each other and offers Brooke a promotion.
Spurred on by the attention her sister is receiving, Bree attempts to outshine her by performing a challenging surgery that leaves a patient's life in danger.
As she scrambles to cover up her mistake, a concerned Brooke reports Bree to Rachel who is delighted to finally have Bree exactly where she wants her.
But just when it looks like Bree might have hit rock bottom, there's a surprising arrival.
The girls' alcoholic mother Annette blows into town and an already unstable Bree finally comes face to face with the woman who abandoned her as a baby.
Who knows what's in store for this dysfunctional family reunion!
After a tense couple of months in Ferndale, Nicole Miller is ready to bring some fun back into the lives of Shortland Street hospital staff.
But not everyone likes her idea of fun and with rumblings of discontent from social club members; Nicole faces being ejected from her role as president.
With her social reputation on the line, Nicole decides she'll wow the gang by throwing THE party of the year.
She organises a fancy dress murder mystery party that will have Shortland Street staffers decked out as you've never seen them before!
But with so much riding on Nicole's success, will she pull it off?
Stay tuned to find out, plus we'll be bringing you all the party
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