Meet Matewa Kiritapu: Taika Waititi’s Daughter and Te Hinekāhu’s Sister

Matewa Kiritapu (born; August 11, 2015, age; 8 years old), is the younger sister of Te Hinekāhu and the daughter of Taika Waititi, the New Zealand Oscar-winning director, actor, comedian, and filmmaker, and Chelsea Winstanley.

Kiritapu and her older sister, Te Hinekāhu, were born into a home of Hollywood giants. Their father, Taika Waititi, is famously known in the movie industry as an actor, and a movie director. Also, their mother, Chelsea Winstanley, is a film producer, writer, and director. Unsurprisingly, their fame in the industry has rubbed off on their two daughters, who made their acting debut in Thor: Love and Thunder.

Summary of Matewa Kiritapu’s Biography

  • Full name: Matewa Kiritapu
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: August 11, 2015
  • Matewa Kiritapu’s Age: 8 years old
  • Ethnicity: Maori
  • Nationality: New Zealand
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Matewa Kiritapu’s Parents: Taika Waititi and Chelsea Winstanley
  • Siblings: Te Hinekāhu, and Maia (half-brother)
  • Famous for: being the daughter of Taika Waititi and Chelsea Winstanley

Matewa Kiritapu Was Born in New Zealand

The Asgardian Kid of Thor: Love and Thunder was born on August 11, 2015. She was born to New Zealand parents, Taika Waititi and Chelsea Winstanley, who are both Hollywood actors and directors. Her lineage can be traced back to the Maori people of New Zealand.

Matewa Kiritapu grew up with her older sister,Te Kainga O’ Te Hinekāhu Waititi. They both seem to have developed the same interest in the movie industry. Whenever they were on school vacation, their father would take them to movie locations. We believe this helped them develop an interest in being like their parents.

Although there is no report available on her present educational level, we believe she is currently at her primary educational level. Her parents are fully supportive of any career choice she would make and is ready to ensure she gets the most out of it.

She Made Her Acting Debut In 2022

Matewa Kiritapu made it to the cast list of the 2022 film, Thor: Love and Thunder  alongside her sister, Te Hinekāhu. Their role in the movie, which was their debut, was believed to have been given to them because of the influence of their father, who is the co-writer and also the director of the film.

Although their roles as Asgardian Kids weren’t so significant in the film, their acting skills were positively commended by critics. This made many believe that Matewa and her sister would be successful in the industry in no time. We look forward to seeing more of them in these roles.

Meet Matewa’s Mother, Chelsea Winstanley

Matewa Kiritapu’s mother, Chelsea Winstanley, is an actress and film producer. She was born on January 30, 1976, in New Zealand and is currently 48 years old. The actress was born to John Winstanley, a home renovator, and Cherryl Wilson, a psychotherapist. Though her educational background is scarce, it is believed that she is well-educated.


Her film productions are mostly short movies and documentaries, which focuses mainly on indigenous people. Some of the films she has produced are Jojo Rabbit and What We Do in the Shadows. Also, the actress has worked on the following short films: Ebony Society, Meathead, and Night Shift. She has equally taken on roles in movies alongside her ex-husband, Taika Waititi.

Chelsea Winstanley co-founded a film production company, Matewa Media, with her ex-husband’s cousin, Tweedie Waititi. The film production company, which was founded in 2017, mainly bases its production on translating Disney animated films into the Māori language. Some of the films they have produced include The Lion King (2022), Frozen (2022), and Moana (2017). She is also the director of the 2020 Toi Tū Toi Ora.

She was named the year’s top independent producer at the 2014 SPADA Screen Industry Awards. Winstanley received the Mana Wahine award from the New Zealand Women in Film and Television in 2015 at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.

The actress earned Platinum Jubilee Honors and was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contributions to the movie Māori and to the film industry in 2022, on the Queen’s birthday. Winstanley has received two honors from the Women in Film and Television New Zealand Awards and they include the Woman to Watch Award in 2009 and the Award for Achievement in Film in 2022.

Who Is Matewa Kiritapu’s Father, Taika Waititi?

Taika David Cohen, better known by the name Taika Waititi, was born on August 16, 1975, in Raukokore, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. He was born to Robin Cohen, an Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry artist and art educator. Taika’s father, who is just known as Taika, is predominantly Maori but also has some French Canadian lineage.

After his parents divorced, he was raised by his mother and went to Onslow College. He also graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Taika made use of both his father’s surname, Waititi, and his mother’s surname, Cohen, but after becoming successful in a short film, he chose to use Waititi.

In addition to two Primetime Emmy nominations, he has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, a BAFTA Award, and other honors. The highest-grossing New Zealand films in 2010 and 2016; Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople respectively, were his full-length works.

In 2022, Time magazine included him on its annual list of the 100 most prominent people in the world. Waititi got an Academy Award nomination for ‘Best Live Action Short Film’ in 2003, which was considered based on his short film Two Cars, One Night.

Matewa’s Parents Got Married in 2011

Waititi began dating New Zealand film producer Chelsea Winstanley in 2011 after splitting from Horsley. According to The New Zealand Herald, the two had already met when Chelsea interviewed Taika for a documentary series in the early 2000s. The duo collaborated together on the 2010 movie Boy, which was written and directed by Waititi.

Before moving their romance forward and getting married in 2012, the couple dated for about a year. They were married for over seven years before officially calling it quits in 2018 without letting their divorce make headlines. Though the reason for their divorce is unknown, Winstanley did admit to The New Zealand Herald in 2018 that she no longer wanted to stay in the shadows of her husband’s fame.

The 8-Years-Old has A Half-Brother and A Sister

Matewa Kiritapu has an older sister, Te Hinekāhu, who was born to her parents. Te Hinekāhu, was born on May 20, 2012, and is also pursuing a career in acting, just like her younger sister. Though no information about her education is available, she should be in her early-mid school. Apart from acting, her mother revealed that she loves playing with Lego pieces, making crafts, and dressing up her favorite toys.

Before Chelsea Winstanley and Taika Waititi met each other, Matewa Kiritapu’s mother, had a son, Maia, when she was 20 years old. She raised him as a single mother before getting married to her ex-husband. This means that Matewa Kiritapu and her sister Te Hinekāhu have a half-brother. Meanwhile, Matewa’s mother was born on January 30, 1976, which means that Maia was born in 1996.


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