28 April 2019
Award-winning journalist Miriama Kamo grew up in South Brighton, Christchurch. Of Ngai Tahu and Ngati Mutunga and Scottish/Irish descent – she grew up with a love of story-telling which steered her towards journalism. This saw her enrol in a three-year journalism course at the NZ Broadcasting School in Christchurch. Shortly after graduating, she promptly landed her first job in television as a reporter and presenter on Get Real – a science and discovery show for children.
A year later she moved to Wellington and began work as a reporter on TV3’s Sunday with Mike Hosking (later to become Backch@t with Bill Ralston). Miriama stayed on with Backch@t for almost three years. Australia’s sunny shores called to Miri, who then moved to Sydney – taking a short break from television. After experiences working as a receptionist at an advertising agency, a trainee typesetter and a waitress – she returned home, accepting a presenter role on TVNZ’s Sunday.
During her three year stint, she won the prestigious Best Current Affairs Reporter gong at the Qantas Media Awards in 2005. Miriama then spent an impressive six years manning the hull of TVNZ’s popular current affairs show 20/20, before eventually returning to TVNZ’s Sunday as a correspondent and anchor. She has also presented for current affairs programme Marae and lifestyle show Kiwi Living.
Kamo married consultant and Treaty of Waitangi negotiator Michael Dreaver in 2015 and they have one daughter.