The head of te reo and tikanga for the country’s third largest iwi, Ngāti Kahungunu, is on a mission to save the language of his ancestors.
Oriini Kaipara is the presenter of Māori Television's flagship current affairs show Native Affairs.
Oriini Kaipara (Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is a proud mum and a staunch advocate of Te Reo Māori.
The 34-year-old is a kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori and wharekura graduate and a core member of one of the world’s top nine senior kapa haka, Ngā Tūmanako.
Oriini first joined Māori Television as a Te Kāea presenter and reporter in 2005. By then, she’d worked at Ruia Mai and Mai FM as a newsreader and she was a director/reporter for TVNZ’s Waka Huia.
During her four years with Te Kāea Oriini covered a range of general, political, sports and arts stories. Her highlights include covering the unveiling of The NZ Memorial in London’s Hyde Park (2006), co-hosting Māori Television’s first broadcast of Te Matatini (2007), and she was at the forefront of the Tūhoe terror raids in 2008.
In 2007 and 2008 Oriini was presented Best Female Māori Presenter at the Māori Media Awards.
In 2009 Oriini took a hiatus from the newsroom, moved to Rotorua with her whānau and independently produced programmes for Māori Television and TVNZ.
Missing the newsroom rush Oriini made her way back to Auckland in 2013 to report for Te Karere. A year later she was in Scotland as the only Māori reporter to cover the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the only NZ media representative to cover the world’s biggest art festivals; the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Here, she cut her first English news story for One News, ‘Moko meets the Tattoo’.
Oriini returned to Māori Television in March 2016 as a senior reporter and to host the channel’s flagship current affairs show, Native Affairs. She has since co-presented Māori Television’s Anzac Day broadcast and the 2017 Election Aotearoa campaign.
This year Oriini received the Toi Reo Māori: Translators license from the Māori Language Commission and was made a finalist for the Māori Journalist of the Year: English category at the Ngā Kupu Ora Awards run by Massey University.
She is currently studying at Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo and aims to graduate in July 2018.
If you have a story to share with her, email via Oriini.Kaipara@maoritelevision.com