Hunter McKay is a fictional character in the TVNZ soap opera Shortland Street. He is portrayed by Lee Donoghue.
Relationship with Scarlett
Hunter dated Scarlett Valentine
for a few weeks, before in April 2007 Scarlett rammed her father's car straight into Hunter. He escaped with minor injuries, but the incident did give him a wakeup call about his arrogant behaviour. Scarlett left the country but since then Hunter's antics have calmed down.
Relationship with Tess
Hunter began a relationship with Tess Adamson
who worked with his father, Callum
. Tess's son Nate had a crush on Hunter and to get close to him he began dating Hunter's sister Sophie. The affair was discovered by Nate who caught his mother kissing Hunter and later revealed the affair to Callum. The affair caused both Hunter and Sophie to be bullied and teased at school. Hunter moved in with Tess for a time before his shock marriage proposal. Hunter was left in tears when Tess moved away from Ferndale with her son. Hunter and his family have put the Tess incident behind them.
He was hell bent on a modelling career despite his parents' reluctance, however a photo shoot in mid 2007 dampened this ambition when he lied about his age and was then teased by school bullies about photos.
Callum and Justine continually told Hunter not to pursue a modeling career and look for a different career path. However his parents remained skeptical, until he was selected for a major shoot with world famous model Anya Sadvenko that went well until she collapsed from a heroin overdose. After seeing the shoot photographers unsympathetic attitude to her, he finally saw how materialistic and image concerned the industry was and to his parents delight quit modelling. Hunter works as a barman at the IV and is a volunteer paramedic.
Relationship with Morgan
In August, Hunter had a one night stand with Morgan Braithwaite
who at the time was in a relationship with Gerald Tippett
.The day after he assumed that he was now Morgan's boyfriend and that she'd dump Gerald.This was not to be as he learned she had just used him for sex.
Hunter must for the time being live a lie and pretend that his mother Justine Jones
had been killed in a car explosion set up by the ruthless drug company, Scott Spears. While pretending to be upset, he has gained new hope of having a relationship with Morgan.