Mihingarangi Forbes

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Mihingarangi Forbes
Top Skills
  • Compere/MC
  • Debator
  • Panellist
Top Interests
  • Broadcasting
  • Current Affairs


Journalist, MC, Speaker, Convenor, Panel Facilitator

Mihingarangi Forbes walks in two worlds. She’s a fair skinned M?ori from Hauraki and Waikato iwi on one side and her mother’s family enjoys a long suffragette history. Her great great-grandfather William Sidney Lovell-Smith married Kate Sheppard, who successfully campaigned for the women’s vote and won. Mihingarangi has a wide brief, as a current affairs presenter and investigative journalist one day she can be interviewing the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the Waitangi lawn and the next sitting across from burly tattooed men talking about state abuse. In her 20 years of journalism she has worked across programmes such as The Hui, Campbell Live, Native Affairs, 60 Minutes and 20/20. She is an award winning investigative journalist who is an accomplished facilitator of debates and events. She can host multiple guests in a live or pre-recorded setting with ease. She has a strong interest in history and fronts the first of New Zealand’s Land War’s series Stories of Ruapekapeka which has screened both nationally and internationally. Mihi is married and a mother of four children who are all bilingual.

Testimonials (3)

  • LATE: He Mana, He Wahine event - August 2016 Mihi did a beautiful job of moderating the LATE. It was an immense topic with a lot of potential ground to cover and the panel was a formidable force of knowledge. Mihi’s personable nature and humour brought a lot to the discussion and, I believe, played a big role in keeping the tone light despite the magnitude of the topic. There was laughing and clapping throughout – which is always a good sign! We have received hugely positive feedback about the event – from my perspective it was a major success. Marela Glavaš | Adult & Tertiary Programmer | Auckland War Memorial Museum | Tamaki Paenga Hira
  • Mihingarangi Forbes, alongside her friend and colleague Annabelle Lee, were sensational guest speakers at the Wintec Press Club lunch extravaganza in Hamilton in late August 2015. They held the VIP invite-only audience captivated, and received the loudest and longest ovation I have experienced since I began staging these events in 2010. As president of the Press Club, I invite guest speakers to three lunch events during the year. The list has included Sir Paul Holmes, actress Robyn Malcolm, Patrick Gower, Duncan Garner, Michael Laws, criminal lawyer Greg King, Pam Corkery, Te Radar and Paula Penfold. Some have not been total successes. Some have raved on about themselves, and delivered formless, boring speeches. Mihi was absolutely superb. Venetia Sherson, the ex-editor of the Waikato Times, and who created the Press Club in 2005, said Mihi was the best speaker she had ever seen and rated her 11 out of 10.
  • Mihi’s fluency in te reo was immediately striking. Not everyone makes te reo sound musical and fascinating; just because it’s in Maori doesn’t mean that you want to listen to it. Mihi is a wonderful speaker in both languages. She has poise, and wit, and dignity, and intelligence, and considerable charm. The audience included people such as Don Brash, David Farrier, Lizzie Marvelly, Tova O’Brien, and Dame Margaret Wilson, as well many editors, entertainers, and other well-known Kiwis in the media and the arts. They were unanimous in regarding Mihi as a memorable and first-class speaker. I recommend her to anyone staging a live event, and wanting a speaker or MC who can dazzle and uplift an audience. It doesn’t hurt that she looks great. She’s a star, basically. - Steve Braunias

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