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After filling in as the anchor for Newshub Live at 6 pm, a famous New Zealand news program, Oriini Kaipara, has made the news. The first Mori woman with a moko kauae to deliver prime-time news is Kaipara.

She gained notoriety in 2019 when she anchored TVNZ 1’s midday newscast, becoming the first person in mainstream news to wear a moko kauae.




A moko kauae is a chin tattoo that symbolizes a lady’s leadership and service to her community and whanau (extended family). It honors her position, skills, and dedication.

For the past three years, Kaipara has had her moko kauae. It’s quite thrilling.




After appearing on Newshub Live on Christmas and Boxing Day, Kaipara told the New Zealand website Stuff, “I’m enjoying it. Although I’m not silent, I feel buzzed. I am happy with how far I’ve gone and can now anchor at 6 o’clock.”

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Kaipara will permanently host the 6 o’clock news on the three networks which Discovery owns. Presenting at Newshub Live at 4.30 pm is her current job.

It’s unquestionably a step up and forward. “If I had a goal, it would be to anchor prime-time news, and I’ve already accomplished that,” Kaipara continued.




Kaipara speaks two languages and is descended from the Thoe, Ngti Awa, Twharetoa, and Ngti Rangitihi tribes.

She used to work as a documentary filmmaker but is now more conscious of the cultural influence of performing with her moko kauae in front of a national audience.

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“Every step I take is like breaking through a glass ceiling,” she remarked, constantly keeping that in her mind.

For people of color and Mori, it’s breaking new territory whether or not you possess a moko kauae.



Kaipara added that viewers who finally felt understood had expressed appreciation for her accurate pronunciation of Mori location names and use of the Mori name first.

“To hear that, to be honest, really opened my eyes. She added that I wasn’t aware of how big of an impact something as simple as saying “Tn Koe Katoa” correctly and having it reported on the news has on viewers. It’s quite humbling, whether it’s one person or 100. That struck me as incredibly profound, and I was surprised.”



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After filling in as the anchor for Newshub Live at 6 pm, a famous New Zealand news program, Oriini Kaipara, made history. Kaipara is the first Maori woman with a moko kauae to deliver prime-time news.




She gained notoriety in 2019 when she anchored TVNZ 1’s midday news report, becoming the first person in mainstream news to wear a moko kauae.

A moko kauae is a chin tattoo that symbolizes a lady’s leadership and service to her whanau and community.




Kaipara will permanently host the 6 pm news on Discovery-owned network Three. Presenting at Newshub Live at 4.30 pm is her current responsibility. Kaipara is bilingual and descended from the Thoe, Ngti Awa, Twharetoa, and Ngti Rangitihi tribes.

She used to work as a documentary filmmaker, but she is now more conscious of the cultural influence of performing with her moko kauae in front of a national audience.




Kaipara claimed that her accurate pronunciation of Mori location names and use of the Mori name first had received a lot of favorable reaction from viewers who now feel understood.

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