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 best known for producing What We Do in the Shadows and Jojo Rabbit (2019).


Winstanley has Ngāti Ranginui and Ngai Te Rangi ancestry through her mother.[2] 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.[3]

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.[2]

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 Opens Up About Her Childhood Sexual Abuse And How Husband Taika Waititi Helped Her Heal". Now To Love. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Chelsea Winstanley - NZ On Screen".
  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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