News anchor’s appearance makes headlines — Analysis

Oriini Kaipara, a New Zealander has been called ‘history-making’ by the media after she became the first TV host to have a Maori tattoo. Video clips of Kaipara presenting Monday’s news bulletin have been viral.

Clips of Kaipara presenting a Newshub bulletin while sporting an unusual face tattoo have gone viral this week, drawing attention to the woman’s appearance from multiple media outlets around the world. The 37-year-old host made headlines for being the first mainstream news presenter with a low-chin tattoo, which symbolizes Maori’s cultural identity.

In an interview, Stuff interviewed the Newshub Live presenter. She described her career advancement as a significant event for the native peoples she identified with.

It’s breaking new ground for us as Māori, but also for people of color. Whether you’ve got a moko kauae or not,” Kaipara said.

The news anchor’s road to fame started in 2017, when Kaipara took a DNA test and discovered that she was a 100% Maori.

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A moko kauae, a Maori tradition for women to be tattooed in their thigh two years later. To complete the process, she had to undertake certain ‘transformational’ rituals. On her Instagram, she posted the entire process. She now has 27400 followers.

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