Oriini Kaipara has occupied all the top trends on the internet ever since the news of her becoming the first-ever person to present a primetime news programme with a traditional Māori face tattoo came to light. Viewers are praising the New Zealand newsreader and the programme for inspiring others from the same community to achieve great things in life. Oriini also shared a series of photos and a video on her Instagram handle where she was seen wearing a tattoo on her lower chin. The presenter captioned the post with “6 pm Debut”.
The newsreader has created history as she has become the first journalist who had presented the primetime news programmer with a tattooed face. She spoke to Stuff regarding the same and said that she is extremely proud to have achieved the said milestone in her life. Ms Kaipara said that it is a step forward and a step up. The journalist further said that if anyone ask about her goal, it would be presenting prime time news and now this exactly has happened. She went ahead to express her excitement on the same and said that she is speechless and proud of herself for coming this far.
Who is Oriini Kaipara?
Oriini Kaipara is a New Zealand based journalist and Newshub broadcaster. Born in 1983 in Whakatane, Kaipara belongs to Ngati Awa, Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Tuwharetoa, and Ngati Rangithi background. The 37-year-old has completed her education at Kura Kaupapa Māori School and South Seas Film along with Television School. The news anchor previously worked at TVNZ1, Mai FM and Māori Television. Although she has been gaining limelight for her appearance in the primetime news, she also came to light in 2019 when she became the first newsreader during a midday broadcast at TVNZ news with the Māori tattoo.
Talking about the Māori tattoo and the significance it holds, the tattoo represents one’s social status and family heritage. It also shows a passage for Māori women as they smoothly transition between girl and adulthood and celebrates the personal process. Oriini seems to be quite active on social media. On her Instagram handle with 16.9K followers, she keeps updating her followers about her day to day life. In her bio, she calls herself an interpreter, translator, and voice artist. After the news was announced, Oriini started getting appreciation while the prime time programme was also praised by the netizens.