“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.’,” Waititi told New Zealand-born musician Ruban Nielson in an interview for Dazed and Confused magazine.
Waititi is the son of a Maori father of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui descent and a Jewish-European mother.
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) June 15, 2017
I agree with @TaikaWaititi saying NZ is racist. As a #Biosecurity officer, I once took a phone call from a lady who wanted to know why Māori were living in the cities now days. In her day, Māori lived in the country and didn’t bother people.
— Thomas Malcolm (@PunaConsultants) April 9, 2018
Is NZ racist? It depends who you believe -Taika Waititi, or the people yelling at him to be more grateful
— BBC un geoblock iplayer (@FrankMcRae) April 9, 2018
Man, you so right, casual racism is alive and well in Auckland. Myself, @45 years old I learnt it first hand from my Nana. But I learnt a better way, mate I found a location where the water shined. #next level
— Kurt Lorenzen (@KurtLorenzen2) April 9, 2018
Sweeping statement. Does he include himself as being racist; he being part of New Zealand.
— Ron Atkin (@RonAtkin1) April 9, 2018
Hey Taika Waititi your lack of vocabulary – potty mouth – is boring. New Zealand is inanimate how can it possibly be racist? Or are you suggesting all 4.7m individuals who call NZ their home are racists? https://t.co/I8ZMoklGyw
— Ian Cummings (@Iancummings19) April 9, 2018