Oriini Kaipara is a journalist from New Zealand that last December 25 she made history by being the first TV presenter with an indigenous tattoo on her face. Her appearance in front of a prime-time news program has been hailed as a victory for Maori culture.
“I was really elated. I was over the moon “he said in conversation with the CNN. “It’s a great honor. I don’t know how to deal with emotions “.
Kaipara, 39, said that, although it was a “peak moment” at the journalistic level, the feeling was “bittersweet”, because his mother recently passed away.
After her participation in the newscast, the journalist received numerous expressions of affection and congratulations, although the critics have not been left out.
The negative comments focused not so much on his appearance, but on his often using Maori phrases such as “E haere ake nei” (yet to come), “Ū tonu mai” (stay with us) and “Taihoa e haere” (no leave yet).
“We still haven’t addressed a lot of intergenerational colonization traumas and for Maori, that’s very, very important too.”Kaipara said.
Now, the journalist hopes that young Maori women will be inspired by her story as a sign that times are changing.
“For a long time, our people, our ancestors, our tipuna and we now, have worked hard to get where we are”added. “As a young woman, as a young Maori, what you do today influences and affects what will happen tomorrow. So all I ask is that you see the beauty of being Maori and accept it and acknowledge it and do what you can with it for positive change. “.