Oriini Kaipara makes TV history

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Over the recent holidays Newshub’s Oriini Kaipara, has set a New Zealand TV first.

During the holiday break, she became the first wahine with a moko kauae to present primetime news. She covered the position while the regular newsreader was away on holiday.

The move means she is a step closer to her goal of becoming a permanent presenter on the 6pm bulletin.

Kaipara is a bilingual journalist and broadcaster, of Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa, and Ngāti Rangitihi descent. She has also previously worked on TVNZ’s te reo news show Te Karere.

She has also worked as a documentary filmmaker and enjoyed stints at both Māori Television and Mai FM.

Kaipara, who is committed to the revitalisation of te reo, and Māori customs, understands her presence on the primetime news can inspire others to embrace their culture while working hard to chase their dreams and career aspirations.

What is a moko kauae?

A “moko kauae” is a Māori women’s tattoo that is on the chin and lip. The inking might have several meanings, but it usually reflects the individual’s culture and history.

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