Oriini Kaipara started out at South Seas as an 18 year old who wanted to learn how to direct documentaries, and went on to become a nationally acclaimed TV presenter.
After graduating in 2001, Oriini started working for MaiFM before snagging a presenting slot on Maori Television show Te Maioha. A couple years later she became the presenter for the channel’s Te Kaea news programme, and in 2008 was named best female Māori Language Television presenter at the 2008 Māori Media Awards.
It’s funny because on almost every single project, I’ve met someone who graduated from South Seas.
Speaking of the various programmes she’s worked on, Oriini said, “It’s funny because on almost every single project, I’ve met someone who graduated from South Seas. It’s really awesome. We’re all wearing our colours really proudly.”