A New Zealand journalist made history recently by anchoring primetime news with a chin tattoo that is traditional to the indigenous Maori people of mainland New Zealand. Oriini Kaipara presented the news at 6 pm on Discovery-owned Three channel, filling in for the show’s original anchors.
“It's really exciting. I'm really enjoying it. I'm not speechless, but it's a buzz. I am proud of how far I've come in being able to anchor 6 pm right now,” Kaipara, 37, told Stuff.
Kaipara had made the announcement that she’ll be presenting primetime on Christmas Day.“On Christmas Day I’ll be reading the 6 pm news for Newshub. It will be the first of many nights I will have the honour of presenting our prime news to audiences around the country and globe. I’m rostered on that whole week and will be around with our NH whānau all summer,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
She joined Three in May this, after working at another channel, TVNZ.
The bilingual journalist is of Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Rangitihi descent.