Newshub’s Oriini Kaipara hits out at ‘relentless’ viewer who complained about moko kauwae

“So I know there is more to appreciate than dwell on. Thank you to every person who takes the time to assure me that my presence and mahi is having a positive impact.

“I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues, peers and managers at Newshub. They look after me which I appreciate wholeheartedly.

“My heart though remains with my whānau and my iwi Māori who find such complaints triggering and therefore stand behind me and with me in all that I do. I am most grateful for their constant show of support, aroha, manaakitanga and for holding space for me when the going gets tough and a bit rough.

“I worked hard to get to where I am, and I’m here not for my own individual gain but to help bridge a long-standing divide between Pākehā and Māori that sadly still exists in our country. The fact my existence triggers some people is testament to why we need more Māori advocates in key roles across every sector.

“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini (Success is not the work of an individual but the work of many),” Kaipara concluded.

There’s been plenty of support for Kaipara online since she shared the post.

“I was so sorry to read of yet another ignorant, oafish racist message attacking your moko kauae and Te Reo on air – most of us stand in respect for your dignity and leadership,” one said.

“Our babies seeing and hearing you is transformative and significant,” wrote another.