Chelsea Winstanley

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Chelsea Winstanley
Born1975/1976 (age 44–45)[1]
OccupationFilm producer
Spouse(s)Taika Waititi (m. 2012)

Chelsea Winstanley is a New Zealand Academy-Award nominated film producer. She is mostly known for producing What We Do in the Shadows and Jojo Rabbit (2019), both of which were directed by her husband, Taika Waititi.[2]


Winstanley has Ngāti Ranginui and Ngai Te Rangi ancestry through her mother.[3] She has produced short films such as Meathead and Night Shift. In 2014 she produced What We Do in the Shadows with Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. She has co-produced Merata Mita's domestic abuse documentary Saving Grace, Te Whakarauora Tangata, and also directs documentaries.[2]

She was awarded the 2014 SPADA Screen Industry Awards Independent Producer of the Year, shared with her husband Taika Waititi.[4]

In June 2015, Winstanley was named the New Zealand Women in Film and Television's Mana Wahine recipient at Wairoa's Maori Film Festival.[5]

Personal life[edit]

At age 20, Winstanley had a son, Maia, whom she raised as a single mother.[3]

She is married to New Zealand director Taika Waititi, whom she first met in her twenties, when she interviewed him for a TV documentary series profiling Maori artists. They reconnected on the set of his film Boy, and married two years later. In May 2012, Winstanley gave birth to their first daughter.[6][7] In 2015, she gave birth to their second daughter.[8][9]


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  2. ^ a b "Chelsea Winstanley - NZ On Screen".
  3. ^ a b "Chelsea Winstanley Opens Up About Her Childhood Sexual Abuse And How Husband Taika Waititi Helped Her Heal". Now To Love. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Chelsea Winstanley - NZ On Screen".
  5. ^ "The Diary: Second baby on the way for Taika". 3 June 2015 – via New Zealand Herald.
  6. ^ "Taika Waititi on Twitter".
  7. ^ Powley, Kathryn (3 June 2012). "Girl, not Boy, for director dad". The New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Taika Waititi Fan Page". World of Taika.
  9. ^ "Day One on Thor: Ragnarok". Taika Waititi. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2018.

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