Newsreader Makes History By Becoming the First Maori With Face Tattoo To Present On Live TV


Oriini Kaipara is a journalist who made history on December 27 by becoming the first person to read the news on Live TV with Maori face tattoo.

Namely, she was asked to fill in for the usual hosts at Newshub, Sam Hayes and Mike McRoberts, and she became an internet sensation.

The 37-year-old has a chin tattoo named a ‘moko kauae’, traditionally worn by Maori women. She’s now said taht it has been her lifelong dream to read primetime news sporting her chin tattoo.

“I’m not speechless, but it’s a buzz. I am proud of how far I’ve come in being able to anchor 6.00pm right now.
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.

She further explained how there was ‘a good team at Newshub’, and she noted that she doesn’t feel the pressure as much as she used to when she first started out in journalism.

Kaipara is set to take up a presenting role permanently at the 4:30 pm slot on Newshub Live, and she hopes to become a permanent presenter for the 6:00 pm slot.

“I’ve been realising for a while that it’s much bigger than just reading the news, or doing stories that matter to all of us.

It’s also a big win for this generation and the next 10 generations – don’t let identity or your culture hold you back from anything. In fact, you use it as your power, to be greater and do great things for everyone.” – she concluded.

Source: Unilad