Pana Hema-Taylor Actor Profile





Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngāi Tūhoe ki Waikaremoana


Auckland, New Zealand


173 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Pana is a natural born performer, having landed a series of lead roles in various New Zealand film and television productions. He played core cast members Bert Thompson in five seasons of the popular drama comedy Westside, Jared in six seasons of the drama series The Brokenwood Mysteries, and Constable Rory in German-New Zealand co-production The Gulf. Pana received acclaim for his portrayal of Chris Crean in television feature Resolve, which tells the true story of a man who lost his life to gang violence in New Zealand. His other notable screen credits include a leading role in Māori action film The Dead Lands, and Taika Watiti’s iconic Kiwi film Boy. .


2007Skylock-Best Actor

Feature Film.

2017ResolveChris Crean (Lead)Screentime NZ Ltd
Dir. Peter Burger
2013The Dead LandsMana (Lead)GFC (Warrior) Ltc
Dir. Tao Fraser
2010The Most Fun You Can Have DyingDavidTen Cent Pictures Limited
Dir. Kristin Marcon
2009BoyJujuWhenua Films
Dir. Taika Waititi
2009Nights In The Gardens Of SpainSebatianCinco Cine Productions
Dir. Katie Wolfe
2009RedemptionZiggiDir. Katie Wolfe
2007WhanauHarleyCinco Cine Productions
Dir. Katie Wolfe

Short Film.

2017Unlikely BeastMattNZ Film School


2019The Brokenwood Mysteries S-6JaredSouth Pacific Pictures Ltd
Dir. Various
2019Westside 5BertSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2018The Brokenwood Mysteries S-5 Jared (Returning Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2018The GulfConstable RoryDir. Charlie Haskell & Jackie van Beek
2017Westside S-4Bert Thompson (Core Cast)Dir. Various
2016Dirty LaundryTane (Major Support)Fithy Production Ltd
Dir. Various
2016The Brokenwood Mysteries S-3Jared (Major Recurring Series Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2016Westside S-3Bert Thompson (Core Cast)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2015The Brokenwood Mysteries S-2Jared (Major Recurring Series Guest)Dir. Various
2015Westside S-2Bert Thompson (Core Cast)Dir. Various
2014The Brokenwood Mysteries S-1Jared (Major Recurring Series Guest)South Pacific Pictures for Prime TV
Dir. Various
2014Westside S-1Bert Thompson (Core Cast)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2012Spartacus: S-3NasirPacific Renaissance Spartacus Ltd
Dir. Various
2011Spartacus PrequelNasir (Major Guest)Pacific Renaissance Spartacus Limited
Dir. Various


2009Nga ManurereDir. Katie Wolfe
2007Romeo & JulietMercutioDir. Robert Gilbert

Web Series.

2021Shortland Street - RetributionBiff (Supporting)South Pacific Pictures Ltd
Dir. Emmett Skilton