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MC: Oriini Kaipara

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rangitihi and Ngāi Tūhoe

Oriini Kaipara is a bilingual journalist whose career in the television broadcast industry spans nearly two decades.  Renowned for her ability to converse fluently in Māori and English, Oriini is well-respected for her empathetic yet fearless approach to issues of significance to Māori that help shape a positive bicultural New Zealand society.  

Oriini attended total te reo immersion schools, from a Kōhanga Reo founded by her grandparents, through to primary and secondary schools which were a part of the Te Aho Matua movement (including Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae, the first total immersion school to be established in the country). The mum-of-four has raised her own children through a similar total immersion path, and instills in them her values and beliefs around their Māori identity. 


In 2021, Oriini became the first woman in the world with a moko kauae (a traditional chin tattoo worn by Māori women), to anchor a Christmas Day 6pm broadcast, which caused a flurry of media interest around the globe. For Oriini, this was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream, signalling a commitment to her whakapapa, iwi, marae and language.


Her stellar career in the media has won her several awards (including winner of the best female television presenter at the Māori Media Awards in both 2007 and 2008; and winner of the Māori affairs reporter, Voyager Media Awards in 2018); and dozens of nominations for her reporting work.  


Oriini has extensive experience as an MC and has hosted events including the Māori Music Awards; The Power of Inclusion, and the Whānau Ora Summit.

In her spare time Oriini enjoys the outdoors and travelling. She loves her Māori kai as well as Asian fusion. She is passionate about kapa haka and has performed competitively since she was a teenager. But above all, Oriini loves to spend time with her tamariki, her whānau and close friends. 

The Māori Sidesteps


The Māori Sidesteps are New Zealand’s naughtiest Māori Showband on the entertainment scene. Get ready for hilarity as the Sidesteps entertain with comedic nostalgia, delivering soulful harmonies, satirical skits, and general hilarity; these fullas serve up a night of crooning comedic goodness. The Māori Sidesteps present song parodies, stunning harmonies and theatrical play as they breakdown the social idioms that we are presented with in society today and deliver a fresh and enlightening perspective on the evolution of the Māori showband & what it’s like to be Māori in today’s world.

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