The prime minister of New Zealand has responded after Taika Waititi called the nation ‘racist as f***’.
The Thor: Ragnarok director, who is the son of a Maori father of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui descent and a Jewish-European mother, said that while he thinks New Zealand is the ‘best place on the planet’, it is racist towards the Polynesian people.
The 42-year-old was speaking to New-Zealand born musician Ruban Neilson in Dazed & Confused when he made the claims.
Waititi said: ‘It’s racist as f***. I mean, I think New Zealand is the best place on the planet, but it’s a racist place. People just flat-out refuse to pronounce Maori names properly…”