Oriini Kaipara, a New Zealand news anchor, is the first person to present primetime news with a traditional chin tattoo.
The 37-year-old, who has a moko kauae — a traditional Māori tattoo on the lower chin – read the news for Newshub Live at 6 p.m on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021.
Kaipara has shared about the relevance and impact of introducing news in moko kauae to audiences across the country, particularly among Māori viewers.
“It’s breaking new ground for us as Māori, but also for people of colour. Whether you’ve got a moko kauae or not,” Kaipara said according to Nine.com.au.
Kaipara recognizes that her appearance on the primetime news can motivate people to preserve their culture while working hard to achieve their career goals.
Kaipara has had her moko kauae for about three years and is a regular host on Newshub Live at 6 p.m until Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. She’s also filling in on the late-night news at present.
“I’m not speechless, but it’s a buzz. I am proud of how far I’ve come in being able to anchor 6pm right now.” said Kaipara.
Two years prior, Kaipara became the first woman with a moko kauae to feature on the mainstream news when she read TVNZ’s noon news. She has also said that her goal is to be a regular host at 6 p.m – golden hour – news bulletin.
“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,” Kaipara said of her presence on the primetime news.
“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 added.