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‘Moko kauae’ meaning explored as Newshub’s Oriini Kaipara shows off ink

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Last week, as New Zealand broadcaster Oriini Kaipara, who has the face inking anchored on the primetime 6pm show of Newshub Live, sparked discussions regarding the old tattoo known as a “moko kauae.”

As her appearance becomes news, some people are eager to know what the tattoo on her neck means, as well as who the anchor and Newshub host is. Let’s have a look…

Who is Oriini Kaipara?

Oriini Kaipara is a TV presenter and journalist with a long history of working for the Newshub. Since May, when she began reporting on Newshub Live at 4:30 p.m., Kaipara has been a part of the news channel.

Kaipara, who has worked as a broadcaster for more than two decades and previously worked at Māori Television and has been a reporter and presenter in various roles for TVNZ, joined Three after working at TVNZ. The 37-year-old is a mother of four children and frequently shares photographs of her family and work on Instagram away from her career.

Oriini Kaipara on her ‘moko kauae’ tattoo

Last week, Oriini Kaipara, a comedian from New Zealand who will appear on Newshub’s 6pm program this evening, announced the news. She made her debut on Christmas Day by announcing the information to her almost 16,000 Instagram followers.

She made TV history once again when she appeared on primetime television news to present her recent tattoo, which is the first person with a “moko kauae” tattoo to do so. This isn’t the first time Hundley and her traditional design have made history on television.

Oriini Kaipara, a woman of Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe, Tūwharetoa, and Ngāti Rangitihi heritage with a three-year “moko kauae,” made headlines in 2019 as the first woman to read a major news bulletin with her traditional lower chin tattoo.

In a recent interview with Stuff, she talked about her 6pm Newshub story and how she is aware of the influence she has on the world of news. “That is always in the back of my mind, especially as I continue to break through a glass ceiling,” Kaipara said.

‘moko kauae’ tattoo meaning explored

A “moko kauae” is a Māori women’s tattoo that is prevalent on the chin and lip. The inking might have several meanings, but it usually reflects the individual’s culture and history.

The tattoo, according to a 2016 Vice article, is a “physical representation” of one’s cultural identity. However, in 2021, a “moko kauae” can also stand for a woman’s extended family or community (also known as her whānau) and the people who serve and lead them.

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