Mihingarangi Forbes


Journalist, MC, Speaker, Convenor, Panel Facilitator

Mihingarangi Forbes walks in two worlds. She’s a fair skinned Maori 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.


Auckland, New Zealand

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Compere/MC, Debator, Journalist, MC / Stage compere, Panellist


Broadcasting, Current Affairs

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