Film director Taika Waititi has described his homeland of New Zealand as “a racist place” in a brand new interview.
Detailing the racism he faces in his homeland, 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.'”
He insists New Zealand is “the best place on the planet" despite his comments.
Waititi - whose credits also includes comedy film Hunt for the Wilderpeople - was born to a Jewish-European mother and a Maori father of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui descent.
His claims were backed up by many in his homeland who praised the director for sharing his experience of racism while others - including New Zealand TV host Duncan Garner who accused Waititi of 'sabotaging' the country on The AM Show.
He said: “This guy... he's gone too far, it's too extreme. Lighten up, and change the record. Come home and re-introduce yourself to your country. It's a great little country that's not without its challenges but we're not as racist as 'F'.”
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