Taika Waititi

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

Waititi in 2011, photo by Joe Seer/bigstockphoto.com

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

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

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

1 Response

  1. madman says:

    Taika is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taiga Waititi, a farmer and artist. He says so in this clip:

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