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Shortland Street to be crowned a 'TV Legend' at awards gala

The 27-year-running New Zealand television drama Shortland Street will be crowned the 2019 Huawei TV Legend at the New Zealand Television Awards, organisers of the gala announced today.

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It is the first time a standalone television show has taken out the award, which will be presented at a ceremony on November 21 at Aotea Square in Auckland.

A statement from the awards organiser said the win was a credit to the show's "ongoing success, its significance in New Zealand popular culture and the show's commitment to diversity and inclusion".

"Shortland Street has maintained a stellar reputation as a training ground that continues to provide an incomparable launching pad for New Zealand screen industry professionals, including both on-screen talent as well as the countless people who work behind the scenes," the statement went on.

A full list of winners will be announced next Thursday.

Shortland Street airs weeknights on TVNZ2 or OnDemand.