Westside (New Zealand TV series)

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Genre Comedy-drama [1]
Created by
Directed by
Opening theme"Watch Your Back" by Hello Sailor (series 1–2)
ComposerJoel Haines
Country of originNew Zealand
Original languageEnglish
No. of series6
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Chris Bailey
  • Kelly Martin
  • James Griffin
  • Andrew Szusterman
  • Sally Campbell
  • Marty Smith
  • David Paul
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Gary Hunt
  • Brough Johnson
  • Eric de Beus
  • Allanah Bazzard
  • Tom Eagles
Running time44–45 minutes
Production company South Pacific Pictures
Distributor All3Media International
Original network Three
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format HD stereo
Original release31 May 2015 (2015-05-31) 
16 November 2020 (2020-11-16)
Related shows Outrageous Fortune
External links
Official website
Production website

Westside is a New Zealand comedy-drama [1] television series created by Rachel Lang and James Griffin [2] for South Pacific Pictures. It is a prequel to Outrageous Fortune , and chronicles the lives of Ted and Rita West. The show aired from 31 May 2015 to 16 November 2020 on Three.


Series 4 premiered on 9 July 2018. [3] On 21 July 2018 NZ on Air announced funding for a fifth series which will consist of 10 episodes. [4] On 19 July 2019, NZ on Air announced funding for a sixth and final series of Westside. [5]


The first series is set in the 1970s, it features a Westie couple, and stars Antonia Prebble and David de Lautour as Rita and Ted West. In the first episode, set in 1974, it features John Walker beating Rod Dixon in the 1500 metres at the 1974 Commonwealth Games. Each episode covers one year, from 1974 to 1979, with events like the Muldoon election, dawn raids on overstayers, carless days, and the birth of the punk rock scene in Auckland. [6]

The second series is set in 1981, and follows the Springbok Tour. The series starts with Rita returning home from prison to find the West household in disrepair. Throughout the course of the series Ted's gang plots to steal from the South Africans visiting New Zealand, preventing them from buying land, while Rita plans a job against developer Evan Lace.

The third series is set in 1982 and deals with the fallout from the Evan Lace job and Wolf's first meeting with his future wife, Cheryl.

Cast and characters

This table shows the show's characters and the cast members who have portrayed them.

Note: Only those appearing in more than one episode appear in this list, and only when the actor contributes new material to an episode. Color key:

1 2 3 4 5 6
Rita West Antonia Prebble [1] [7] [8]
Ted West David de Lautour [1] [7] [9] [8]
Lefty MunroeDan Musgrove [1] [10]
Ngaire MunroeEsther Stephens [1] [11]
Bilkey van HeederTodd Emerson [1] [12]
Bert Thompson Pana Hema-Taylor [1] [13]
Phineas O'DriscollXavier Horan [1] [14]
Carol O'DriscollSophie Hambleton [1] [15]
Wolf West Reon Bell [16]
Liam Ferguson [17]
Reef Ireland [18] [8]
Cheryl Miller Ashleigh Cummings [19] Jessica Grace Smith [20]

Recurring cast

Mike McCarthyWill Hall [21] [22] [8]
Rod NugentJordan Mauger [21] [23]
Darijo DoslicGlen Levy [24] [25]
FalaniPatrick Tafa [26] [27]
Des McEwen Joel Tobeck [28] [7]
Barry "Sparky" GibbsCaleb Wells [29] [27]
Eric GradyJordan Mooney [30] [27]
Evan Lace Dean O'Gorman [31] [32]
Joanne Hannah Marshall [7]
Belinda LaceLaura Hill [7] [33]
TerryTim Carlsen [34]
DaveStelios Yiakmis [7]
Riana AdamsKirsten Ibbetson [35]
Chelsea MunroeSalomé Grace [36]
Lisa MunroeElla Shirtcliffe [37] [38]
Trish MillerJodie Dorday [39]
Jeanette MillerJessie Lawrence [40]
Mandy MillerLily Powell [41]
Danny Peters Shane Cortese [42]
Hayden PetersPierre Beasley [43]
Theresa DeeringElizabeth Dowden [44]
Frankie Figgs Peter Elliott [45]
Bianca Figgs Michelle Langstone [45]
Krystle FiggsEmily McKenzie [46]
KeithJason Wu [47]
Van and Jethro WestCharlie Grey [48]
ArohaPiimio Mei