Waititi says while his homeland is ‘the best place on the planet’ it was ‘pretty shit growing up poor in the country’
Acclaimed Hollywood director Taika Waititi has criticised his home country of New Zealand as “racist as fuck”.
In a wide-ranging interview with Dazed and Confused magazine, the director of Thor Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy said although he loves New Zealand, a strong vein of racism towards Maori and Polynesian people permeates society.
“I think New Zealand is the best place on the planet, but it’s a racist place,” Waititi said.
“People just flat-out refuse to pronounce Maori names properly. There’s still profiling when it comes to Polynesians. It’s not even a colour thing – like, ‘Oh, there’s a black person.’ It’s, ‘If you’re Poly then you’re getting profiled.’”