South Pacific Pictures

The Brokenwood Mysteries
30 x 2hr murder mystery telefeatures

The Brokenwood Mysteries is a series of two-hour murder mystery stories set in a seemingly quiet country town where the town's newest resident, Detective Mike Shepherd, finds that murder lurks in even the most homely location. Neill Rea (Scarfies, Legend of the Seeker, Go Girls) stars in the lead role of DSS Shepherd while Fern Sutherland (The Almighty Johnsons) plays Detective Kristin Sims. Each telefeature in the series is a standalone story which sees the show's two lead police officers trying to solve a murder case. Tim Balme (Stolen, The Almighty Johnsons) is the lead writer and producer. In New Zealand the series airs on TVNZ1 and internationally it has screens in 21 countries in 17 territories worldwide. Series 8 will launch on TVNZ1 in mid 2022. The show is filmed in the greater Auckland region.

Press Reviews

  • There's a verdant, expansive look to the series that's refreshing. I'm in for the kill.  Diana Wichtel

  • It's great to see a whodunit on NZ television that owes it's inspiration to creativity rather than carnage Malcolm Hopwood

  • Brokenwood impressed me with it's freshness of tone and willingness to let the viewers work things out from the dialogue....a high quality production. Trevor Agnew

  • The story impressed with a few unsuspecting twists and whodunit intrigue Rebecca Barry


Nominee: Best Drama; 2019 Huawei NZTV Awards

Silver Medal: New York Festivals Film and TV Awards 2019

2018 New York International Film and Tv Awards Miniseries

Best Director (Nominee): NZTV Awards

Bronze Medal: New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2015

Nominee: Best Drama New York International TV & Film Awards 2017

Tim Balme

Murray Keane, Mark Beesley, Mike Smith, Michael Hurst, Josh Frizzell, Aidee Walker, Katie Wolfe

Executive Producer(s):
Kelly Martin & Chris Bailey

Tim Balme, Philip Dalkin, James Griffin & Greg McGee

Production Year

TV Series