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Over the past two weeks Pana Hema-Tay­lor has been light­ing up our screens on TV3’s West­side as dodgy me­chanic Bert Thomp­son, a mem­ber of Ted West’s gang. Ki­wis will see a lot of Hema-Tay­lor this year as the Boy actor is also a key cast mem­ber on TVNZ’s up­com­ing series Dirty Laun­dry and last week he was out shoot­ing scenes for Prime’s third sea­son of The Bro­ken­wood Mys­ter­ies. “It has been the busiest year of my act­ing ca­reer — I’m not com­plain­ing ei­ther, I worked re­ally hard to get to where I am to­day,” the 26-year-old told Spy. “From theatre to TV and film, I’m very proud of my achieve­ments and so is my mum, which puts a smile on my dial. I’ve been get­ting told a lot lately that I’m the busiest actor in New Zealand and it’s good to hear. “It’s hard to be an actor and get work in NZ, you need to make the most of it and grab the op­por­tu­ni­ties with both hands — and also learn how to bud­get, haha.” Hema-Tay­lor has 6-year-old son, Te Ahi Ka, with ex-part­nerex-pa Went­worth star Danielle Corm Cor­mack and early last year he had a daugh­ter,dau Tiare Masina, with his girl­friend, Naomi Camp­bell. “I’m very lucky, I have two beau­ti­ful kids who mo­ti­vate me to be­come a bet­ter­bet per­son and actor and I want themthe to have a good ed­u­ca­tion — whichwh in­volves a bit of money,” he said. Tonight on West­side, Her­ald Fo­cus co-pre­sen­ter Laura McGoldrick makes her act­ing de­but as neigh­bour­hood watch leader Wendy who, with ther­mos in hand, goes up against the West gang. We hear McGoldrick per­forms her scream queen scene with aplomb.

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