Birth Name: Oriini N. Kaipara
Place of Birth: Whakatane, New Zealand
Date of Birth: 25 October, 1983
Ethnicity: Māori, as well as 1.5/16ths English
Oriini Kaipara, also known as Oriini Tipene-Leach, is a New Zealand journalist, Te Reo Māori translator, and television news reporter. Oriini was the first news presenter to have a moko kauae (Māori chin tattoo) on national television. She is the daughter of Shirley and Edward. Oriini is affiliated with Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe, and Ngāti Rangitihi. She has four children with her former husband.
According to a DNA test Oriini is 98% Māori, or Polynesian, 1% Scandinavian, and 1% Caucasus. She has stated:
I know my whakapapa. I have two English tupuna [ancestors] – one on mum’s side, and one on dad’s.
According to written ancestry, both her parents are Māori, with her father having one eighth English and her mother having 1/16th English, roots.
Oriini is a fourth cousin of professional rugby league footballer Benji Marshall, through their shared Biddle ancestors.
Oriini’s paternal grandfather was Wi Keepa Kaipara (the son of Hori Niheta Kaipara and Ana Paina Whatanui). Hori was the grandson of Chief Paerau Mokonuiārangi, of Ngāti Rangitihi, and Toki Pounamu.
Oriini’s paternal grandmother was Kyra Te Maioha Warbrick (the daughter of Wilfred Paerau Warbrick and Parehuia Te Raita Paiwhenua Paihau). Wilfred was the son of Albert Kahukore Warbrick and Jane Sterley. Wilfred’s grandparents were Abraham Warbrick, a doctor and storekeeper from Todmorden, Yorkshire, England, and Ngākarauna Maria Louisa (Rūhia) Paerau, the daughter of Chief Paerau Mokonuiārangi and Toki Pounamu of Ngāti Rangitihi; and Henry James Sturley, a whaler from Norfolk, England, and Tipare Tepau Hinewahirangi.
Oriini’s maternal grandfather was Hori George Te Pou (the son of Hoani Papaka John Wi Te Pou and Mākuini Erueti Biddle). Hori was born in Waimana, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand. Hoani was the son of Arihana Te Pou and Hineiteraupara. Mākuini was the daughter of Erueti Edward Biddle and Pioi Netana Te Whakaari; her paternal grandparents were Benedict Benjamin (Ben) Biddle, a soldier from Alveston, Gloucestershire, England, and Mauri Pakohai Poiakino.
Oriini’s maternal grandmother was Te Auta Hera/Sarah Whetu (the daughter of Hakaraia Whetu Paraha Motutere and Tureiti Karaka Pinekira). Hakaraia was the son of Hiraka Paraha and Te Wai Harakeke Huriana Te Waara of Ngāti Tūwharetoa.
Sources: Article about Oriini’s DNA test – https://www.stuff.co.nz
Genealogy of Oriini’s paternal grandmother, Kyra Te Maioha Warbrick – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Oriini Kaipara (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Oriini’s maternal great-grandfather, Hakaraia Whetu Paraha Motutere – https://www.familysearch.org