Feilding Herald : January 26th 2012
3 THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 NEWS 4322746AA VOTE Margaret Kouvelis for Mayor Fronting the Future Authorised by Margaret Kouvelis 5 Goodbehere Street Feilding 4306487AA Is it time for a change? Out with the old and in with the new! Design and build your new Diamond Home today! Contact: Ben or Monica 752 Main Street Palmerston North www.diamondhomes.co.nz firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 06 355 4448 Fax: 06 355 4449 4318108AA 4305588AA STEVE GIBSON FOR MAYOR 100% MANAWATU Hi I am running for Mayor because I am passionate about seeing the Manawatu District Council become the best Council in NZ. I will ensure that everyone has the information necessary to make the best decisions possible and communicate everything that we do and why. The people have a right to know, and an expectation that their local government will be a vehicle for positive growth, while exercising prudence with ratepayer money. www.gibson4mayor.co.nz Authorised by S.Gibson 22 Wellington St, Feilding Top reporter never forgets her roots ' You have to grow a pretty thick skin to be a journalist. ' Mihingarangi Forbes By LAURA WALTERS Loyal local: Award- winning reporter, and Feilding woman, Mihingarangi Forbes has signed on as producer of Maori Television's daily news programme Te Kaea. Photo: SUPPLIED. Award-winning journalist Mihin- garangi Forbes credits her Feilding up-bringing for her thick skin'' and character. Mihi, who had just signed on as producer for Maori Television's daily new programme Te Kaea, said going to school in Feilding was not a walk in the park''. But it helped shape the person she is today. It helped build my character,'' she said. She even appreciated the lessons she learnt from school bullies. InthejobIdo nowIdo come across those situations. You have to grow a pretty thick skin to be a journalist.'' Since leaving Feilding High School in 1991, Mihi had worked on some of the biggest current affairs programmes in New Zealand, including Television New Zealand's Te Karere and 20/20, and TV3's Campbell Live. The mother-of-three got her big break when she was spotted by the director of TVNZ Maori current affairs programme Te Karere, dur- ing a performance at the Maori immersion college she attended in Waikato. When Mihi told her mother she had been offered a job without going to journalism school her mother called her a fluke''. The award-winning journalist agreed she was a fluke, and things always seemed to work out for her. While at school in Waikato she changed her name from Joanna Forbes to Mihingarangi. Everyone in the immersion programme had their names translated, and it had stuck ever since, she said. Mihi came out of university with fluent Te Reo, and after working for Te Karere moved to the Aotearoa Television Network, and then on to become the Maori affairs reporter at TVNZ. After having her first baby Mihi took up a job as producer for Amanda Miller at current affairs show 20/20, where she won an award for a story about the death of a Lillybing, a Masterton toddler. She then moved on to Campbell Live and conducted the well-known interview with former Employers and Manufacturers Association boss Alasdair Thompson after he made comments about women earning less than men because they took time off due to their menstrual cycle. Mihi said she knew the matter affected a lot of people, but she was not aware how many people would react to the interview. I knew that people would react to it, but I didn't know how much,'' she said. Another experience that stuck in her head was getting kicked off Feilding High School grounds when covering a story about a string of expulsions at the school for TVNZ. But she hoped to be allowed back eventually for a class reunion. Now, with Mihingarangi's 40th birthday looming, she is ready for another change -- Te Kaea. My next move is because I haven't done this before, she said. You can become a little bit comfort- able.'' Mihi, who had a Maori father and Pakeha mother, said she hoped the change back to Maori Television would help sharpen her Te Reo, a skill she was encouraged to develop by a couple of former teachers at Feilding High School. I owe a lot to them for pushing us in the right direction.'' This was a skill she had passed on to her children, two of which went to Maori-medium schools -- Maori- medium education programmes involve students being taught either all or some curriculum subjects in the Maori language, either in immersion or bilingual programmes. As Mihi's husband is Samoan, she hoped her youngest would also adopt her father's language, and become trilingual. Mihi said one of her big focuses in her new job would be giving young reporters opportunities such as she was given. Eighteen years ago someone gave me a go. I really appreciate and love it when things like that happen.'' Maori Television general man- ager of news and current affairs Te Anga Nathan said he was delighted Mihi was joining the channel. Mihingarangi brings with her a wealth of news and current affairs reporting experience and has a reputation for breaking stories. We're delighted to have her pro- ducing our daily news bulletin Te Kaea and being part of our team,'' Mr Nathan said. While reporting was her first love, Mihi said she looked forward to her new position. Despite her broad career, Mihi said she always looked forward to visiting her mother in her home town, in the house her family had lived in, on Nelson St, for the past four generations. And her children loved it too. Mihi said she knew her children had spent too much time in the city, away from Feilding, when one of them referred to the town's sale yards as a pet shop''.
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