New Zealand TV newsreader hits back at a nasty viewer who said her Māori face tattoo was a ‘bad look’ – read her incredible reply to the hater
- Oriini Kaipara is a Māori newsreader for New Zealand’s Newshub
- She has a traditional face tattoo and received a complaint from a viewer about it
- The viewer said it was ‘aggressive and offensive’ in an email to Newshub office
- Ms Kaipara shut down his complaint and said she didn’t deserve ‘discrimination’
Oriini Kaipara made history last year when she became the first person to anchor a primetime TV news bulletin with a moko kauae, a cultural marking worn by Māori women
A newsreader in New Zealand has sensationally shot down a disrespectful viewer who has repeatedly complained about her traditional face tattoo.
Oriini Kaipara made history last year when she became the first person to anchor a primetime TV news bulletin with a moko kauae, a cultural marking worn by Māori women.
But one disgruntled viewer known only as David wrote to the entire Newshub newsroom to complain about Ms Kaipara’s ‘offensive’ tattoo.
‘We continue to object strongly to you using a Māori newsreader with a moku (moko) which is offensive and aggressive looking,’ he wrote in an email.
‘A bad look. She also bursts into the Māori language which we do not understand. Stop it now.’
The journalist shared the messages to her Instagram page, describing David as the ‘gift that keeps giving’.
Ms Kaipara shared the complaint sent to the entire Newshub newsroom where a man labelled her chin tattoo as ‘aggressive’
The journalist also shared her stunning response to the viewer
‘Today I had enough. I responded. I never do that. I broke my own code and hit the send button,’ she wrote on an Instagram story with a screenshot of his message.
Ms Kaipara also shared her email response to David where she said she found his complaints ‘difficult’ to take seriously ‘given there is no breach of broadcast standards’.
She also pulled him up on his incorrect spelling of moko.
‘I gather your complaints stem from a place of preference on how one must look on-screen according to you,’ she wrote.
‘Moko and people with them are not threatening nor do they deserve such discrimination, harassment and prejudice.
The mother-of-four from Auckland discovered she was 100 per cent Māori after taking a DNA test in 2017
‘We mean no harm or ill intent nor do we/I deserve to be treated with such disregard.
‘Please refrain from complaining further, and restrain your cultural ignorance and bias for another lifetime, preferably in the 1800s.’
The seasoned reporter later said similar complaints were a ‘minority’, and said she mostly received supportive messages.
‘The fact that my existence triggers some people is testament to why we need more Māori advocates in key roles across every sector,’ she told the New Zealand Herald.
The mother-of-four from Auckland discovered she was 100 per cent Māori after taking a DNA test in 2017.
The newsreader then decided to adopt the Māori tattoo in 2019 in a process known as Tā moko, which represents family heritage and social status.
For Māori women the moko was a rite of passage, marking the passage between girl and adulthood and symbolises transformation.
In 2019 when she became the first person with a face tattoo to present mainstream news when filling in for TVNZ’s midday broadcast – two years before taking up the primetime spot on Newshub.
Ms Kaipara is bilingual and of Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Rangitihi descent, something she proudly displays while working as a prominent journalist.
New Zealand’s foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta also has a moko kauae, becoming the first female MP to wear one in parliament.
The politician has links to Māori royalty, with her father the adopted son of King Korokī.
She got the tattoo in 2016 and said it offers ‘positive ways to enable cultural expression and pride in being Māori.
Ms Kaipara is bilingual and of Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Rangitihi descent, something she proudly displays while working as a prominent journalist