Mihingarangi Forbes

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


Journalist, MC, Inspirational Speaker, Convenor

Mihingarangi is an award winning investigative journalist, television interviewer, mother of four and want to be NZ Black Stick. She got into hot water with the Maori establishment when she investigated the much respected Kohanga Reo Trust. Veteran broadcaster Derek Fox coined a new phrase when he accused her of being the root of the “pakehafication of Maori journalism”. She’s remembered for a few television interviews at Maori Television where she hosted Native Affairs in particular the interview with Act Party’s Jamie Whyte when she caught him out not knowing the Maori Party’s key policy that he was attacking - Whanau Ora. She’s now Maori Issues Correspondent for Radio New Zealand and will contribute to John Campbell’s new afternoon drive show.

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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