Jemaine Clement

by madman on July 3, 2016

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Birth Name: Jemaine Atea Mahana Clement

Place of Birth: Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand

Date of Birth: January 10, 1974

*French, Irish, German, English (father)
*Maori (mother)

Jemaine Clement is a New Zealand comedian, actor, singer, songwriter, musician, writer, and director. He is one half of the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, alongside Bret McKenzie.

Jemaine was raised by his mother and grandmother. His father became an alcoholic while working in the freezing works, and left the family in fear of causing anyone harm. Jemaine is married to theatre actress and playwright Miranda Manasiadis, with whom he has a son.

Jemaine’s mother is Maori. Jemaine’s father, Robert Clement, is Australian (which Jemaine mentioned in an interview), and a self-taught stained-glass artist. In 2015, an article on the New Zealand news webside stated that Jemaine has “French, Irish, German and Australian heritage” on his father’s side. Jemaine has also said himself that he is descended from a woman, an aristocrat who was the cousin of Louis the XIV, who moved to Ireland from France during the French revolution, where she married an Irish man.

About pursuing an acting career as a Maori, Jemaine has said:

I was only 21 when they started it [a TV sketch show called Skitz] and remember, because I was part-Māori, having to play things like the street kids and glue sniffers. And going, that’s not my experience at all. I’ve never sniffed glue. I find the whole idea of drugs horrible. I would always insist on having a hood because I was so ashamed to be taking down my race like that.

On his mother’s side, one of Jemaine’s great-great-grandfathers was Iraia Te Whaiti, a Maori tribal leader, farmer, and historian, who started his own printing press and school. Iraia was born in Wairarapa, New Zealand.

Source: Article about Jemaine’s father –

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andrew July 3, 2016 at 4:08 pm

if this is his mother she just has distant Maori ancestry:

madman July 4, 2016 at 12:08 am

That can’t be his mother

andrew July 4, 2016 at 6:11 am

that’s what you get when you search “Jemaine Clement mother”. She even looks like him in facial features. Maori ancestry is the kiwi version of American one drop rule.

madman July 8, 2016 at 9:35 am

He has said that his mother and grandmother were both Maori. I doubt he would have said that if they were white-looking, like that woman. Americans that claim Native ancestry don’t say “my mother is Native American”.

On a separate point, I don’t think the woman in the picture would produce a child like Jemaine together with this man:

follers July 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Well, Colton Haynes did say that his father was Native American.

But, yes, I doubt that’s his mother.

andrew July 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm

@ madman

this guy played for the Maori All Blacks team, meaning he has at least 1/16 documented Maori ancestry to be eligible.

madman July 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Certainly there are people who considers themselves Maori, yet only have a small percentage of Maori ancestry. But I think his comments were too specific to be interpreted in that way, not to mention the quote included in the text about his childhood.

ethnic July 6, 2016 at 7:58 pm

some of the facial features are similar but the eye color, skin color, and hair color arent. Maybe she is his paternal aunt??

Mr. Postman December 22, 2016 at 4:37 pm

That’s the mom of the woman who met Jemaine and uploaded the photos to her Photobucket. Not Jemaine’s mom.

andrew July 3, 2016 at 4:08 pm

if this is her mother she just has distant Maori ancestry:

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