New Zealand news presenter, Oriini Kaipara, made history by becoming the first-ever person to present primetime news with a Māori face tattoo.
The “inspiring” 37-year-old first made headlines in 2019 when she presented TVNZ’s midday broadcast, wearing her moko kauae with pride (a sacred Māori tattoo on the lower chin). On Monday (December 27), she graced screens as a temporary placement for Newhub’s regular 6:00 pm hosts, Sam Hayes and Mike McRoberts.
“It’s definitely a step forward, and a step-up. If there was a goal for me, it would be anchoring prime time news, and that’s happened,” she said.
“It’s really exciting. I’m really enjoying it. I’m not speechless, but it’s a buzz. I am proud of how far I’ve come in being able to anchor 6 pm right now,” Kaipara toldStuff.
In 2019, Oriini Kaipara became the first person with a moko kauae to present mainstream TV. She later made history hosting the primetime 6:00 pm bulletin.
Speaking about her current company, she said: “We’ve got a good team at Newshub, I don’t feel the pressure as much as I used to when I first started out in journalism.
“But that comes with doing the hard yards, and then actually realising it and doing it is really exciting.”
What is a Moko Kauae?
A moko kauae is a sacred facial tattoo representing a Māori woman’s whānau (extended family) that recognises a woman’s mana (power of inherited elemental force), abilities, status and commitment to the collective.
According to Stuff, it also marks a woman’s service and leadership to her community.