Topic: Entertainment

Oprah Winfrey walks into Te Kāea live-cross

By Online News Team

Today the most famous broadcaster in the world walked into Māori Televisions news live on air. 

Reporter Rewa Harriman was presenting a live update on Te Kāea news when the media mogul strolled up and gave her first interview since arriving in New Zealand.

The interview unfolded when Oprah Winfrey recieved a special Maori welcome in Auckland from the people of Ngati Whatua at Orakei Marae.

Winfrey arrived just after 4pm and met quietly with elders who placed a tribal korowai on her shoulders before being taken on to the marae.

She was escorted by Māori female leader, Naida Glavish, who translated and explained the ceremonial events.

Winfrey apparently made a specific request to meet with Maori and to formally acknowledge indigenous culture before undertaking any formal engagement in New Zealand.

Dressed in a royal blue pants suit and wearing the korowai cloak, she received the traditional chants and challenges and was taken into the main wharenui, meeting house.

Māori Television cameras were the only media allowed inside the wharenui and captured Winfrey singing along to the opening hymn of Whakaaria Mai, How Great Thou Art. 

She then spoke to those present, thanking them for the honour of meeting with the indigenous peoples of New Zealand.

Shortly after, she ventured outside where she spoke happily to Te Kāea reporter, Rewa Harriman, stating she had wanted to come to the marae to respect the people of this land.

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