Ngāti Awa , Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa
Piripi was raised in Te Teko by his grandparents Te Poto Hotene and Horipawa Himone Teira, both of whom were native speakers of the Māori language. Piripi began his broadcasting career at the tender age of 14 as a part-time radio announcer for Tūmeke FM. His foray into television began as a writer, associate producer and presenter for the ground breaking and award winning Māori language teaching programme, Kōrero Mai. However, in 2006, he returned to the newsroom as a reporter/presenter for Te Kāea. Piripi is a recipient of the Best Māori Language Television Male Presenter Award for his work as the weekday anchor for Te Kāea and credits the success to the combined efforts of the reporters, producers and production team who strive to deliver daily, a quality Māori news programme from a Māori perspective.