Birth Name: Taika David Waititi
Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand
Date of Birth: 16 August, 1975
*Māori, as well as 1/16th French-Canadian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter, actor, and comedian.
Taika is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taiga Waititi, a farmer and artist. His father is Māori, and also of one sixteenth French-Canadian ancestry. His mother is Jewish, of Russian Jewish descent.
Taika is married to producer Chelsea Winstanley, with whom he has two children.
Taika’s paternal grandfather was Eruiti Taika/Edward Waititi (the son of Kainga O Te Ware Waititi and Taupe Waititi). Kainga was the son of Hone Te Ware Waititi and Te Huingamate Pururangi. Taupe was the daughter of Paraone Heremia and Te Owai Wirepa.
Taika’s paternal grandmother was Matewa Delamere (the daughter of Hiki Manawa Delamere and Rongopouri Poihipi). Hiki was the son of Kohi/Neri/Ned/Edward Delamere and Ngarori Nikorima. Kohi’s father, Samuel/Sam Delamere, was a French-Canadian whaler who married Peti/Irihapeti Te Ha, a Māori woman.
Sources: Genealogy of Taika Waititi (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Information about Taika’s great-great-great-grandfather, Samuel Delamere – http://www.teara.govt.nz
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