Taika Waititi

New Zealander of the Year

2017

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New Zealander of the Year

Te Pou Whakarae o Aotearoa

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Taika Waititi is a writer, director, actor, and visual artist. His contribution to New Zealand spans many years as one of New Zealand′s pre-eminent story-tellers. His films′ evocative and unique expression of New Zealand′s culture and identity are acclaimed domestically and internationally.  His short and feature films have broken box-office records and garnered international acclaim such as the Sundance Film Festival and Academy Awards.
Waititi′s creative flair and distinctive storytelling has shown New Zealand′s unique cultural traits to millions of people.  The humble and easy-going nature of his characters resonate with New Zealand and international audiences.   Combined with stunning visual cues of New Zealand life and landscapes, his films epitomise what makes New Zealand a truly special place to live.
Waititi participated in the 2015 Cure Kids charity single (raising funds for research into cures and treatments for conditions affecting children) and has shown support to charities fighting child poverty. He is helping raise awareness of the lack of Māori and Pacific Island bone marrow donors, including registering himself as a donor.
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