Miriama Kamo

Broadcaster, Writer, Speaker, Environmentalist, Kamo Household

Miriama Kamo (Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Mutunga) is an award winning broadcaster, writer, speaker, and environmentalist. Miriama is the host of TV1’s flagship current affairs programme Sunday, and of Māori current affairs programme Marae. Miriama was an executive judge of the NZer of the Year Awards for four years before being made Patron/Te Koruru, in 2020. Since then she’s worked on establishing an alumni network, a partnership model honouring te Tiriti in the awards, and a pastoral care model for winners. She is an ambassador for Pillars, which ensures the voice of children of prison inmates is heard, and for Endometriosis NZ. As a speaker, Miriama is an advocate for women, working to empower women and families to understand and embrace ‘The 4 M’s’; menstruation, miscarriage, motherhood and menopause. Miriama is a board member of Save the Kiwi and The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi. She also founded a charity called Kotahi Rau Pukapuka, an organisation which is working to fill the gap for older readers and learners of te reo, by publishing 100 books into te reo Māori. Kotahi Rau Pukapuka was launched by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern in October 2019. Miriama is passionate about supporting Māori practitioners in broadcast journalism and runs a mentoring scheme called Whaitiri Mentoring for young journalists of Māori descent. A mother of two, Miriama published her first book The Stolen Stars of Matariki in 2018, which was set to music composed and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Miriama’s second and third books are due out in 2022 and 2023. A passionate advocate for the environment, Miriama spends a lot of time promoting the Zerowaste/Parakore movement, encouraging others to reduce waste and engage with environmental issues.