Māori woman makes history anchoring mainstream news broadcast

Oriini Kaipara has made history after stepping in to anchor for Newshub Live at 6pm, a mainstream New Zealand news broadcast. Kaipara is the first Māori woman with a moko kauae to present primetime news. She first caught attention in 2019 for anchoring TVNZ 1's midday news bulletin — which was the first time someone on mainstream news bore a moko kauae. A moko kauae is a chin tattoo that represents the service and leadership a woman has provided her whānau (extended family) and her community. Kaipara's ultimate goal is to permanently host the 6 p.m. news on Discovery-owned network Three. Her current role is presenting at Newshub Live at 4.30pm. Kaipara is bilingual and of Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Rangitihi descent. She previously worked as a documentary filmmaker but is more aware of her cultural impact of being in front of a national audience with her moko kauae. Kaipara mentioned that her correct pronunciation of Māori place names and leading with the Māori name first has gotten a lot of positive feedback from viewers who finally feel seen

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