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.

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