Shilo Kino - Local Focus Video Journalist covering the Bay of Plenty, East Cape and Central Plateau
When the opportunity came to move to the sunny Bay of Plenty and join the award- winning Local Focus team, Shilo Kino jumped at the chance.
Hailing from Northland (Ngāpuhi, Tainui), Shilo has a passion for telling stories.
Shilo studied English at the University of Auckland and went on to a post-graduate degree in journalism at AUT. She worked at several media outlets including the Manukau Courier before serving a volunteer mission in Hong Kong for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 18 months later she returned with fantastic experiences and fluent in Mandarin.
"My mission was incredible and taught me a lot about the Chinese culture," she says.
"The reason I became a journalist is because I feel I have a responsibility to tell the stories of my people. Previously, I don't feel mainstream media have done a good job in offering a Māori perspective. Many stories have further marginalised Māori. However, there are other minorities, like the Chinese people, who are also struggling to be heard."
Shilo has a passion for writing and was selected to participate in Te Papa Tupu, a writing programme developed by the Māori Literature Trust and organised by Huia Publishers.
She is looking forward to visually telling stories that wouldn't otherwise be told. Shilo is keen to hear from members of the Bay of Plenty community regarding any story ideas or issues.