Taika Waititi

by madman on July 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES - JUN 15: Taika Waititi at the premiere of Warner Br

Birth Name: Taika David Waititi

Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand

Date of Birth: August 16, 1975

Ethnicity:
*Maori, as well as 1/16th French-Canadian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, is a New Zealand film director, writer, actor, painter, and comedian.

Taika is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taiga Waititi, a farmer and artist. His father is Maori, and also of one sixteenth French-Canadian ancestry. His mother is Jewish, of Russian Jewish descent; her maiden name is “Cohen”.

Taika’s paternal grandparents were Edward Taika Waititi (the son of Kainga O Te Ware Waititi and Taupe Brown or Paraone) and Matewa Delamere (the daughter of Hiki Manawa Delamere and Rongopouri Poihipi). Hiki’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Delamere, was a French-Canadian whaler who married Peti Te Ha, a Maori woman.

Sources: Genealogy of Taika Waititi (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Taika’s family background – http://www.npr.org
https://www.youtube.com

Information about Taika’s great-great-great-grandfather, Samuel Delamere – http://www.teara.govt.nz

Photo by Joe Seer/bigstockphoto.com

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madman December 28, 2016 at 10:36 am

Taika is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taiga Waititi, a farmer and artist. He says so in this clip:
https://youtu.be/pL71KhNmnls?t=1m43s

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