Dovey was born in Rotorua and has resided in Te Whanganui-A-Tara [Wellington] since 1945. She is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Since 1986 she has been a teacher of Māori language in the secondary division of the Correspondence School. Along with the Tohu Māoritanga she has attained a Post graduate Diploma in Education from Victoria University. Dovey has written cooperative non-fiction work in various Catholic magazines. Alongside her work with the Correspondence School, she also works with Ngāti Poneke Young Club and Te Kainga, the Catholic Māori base in Wellington.
- Phone conversation and email correspondence with Dovey Taiaroa: 9 and 15 July 1998, and 6 Sept. 2004.
- "Exposure Tour to the Philippines." The Whitiora, c. 1980s. No details.
- "Dovey Katene." The Book of New Zealand Women - Ko Kui Ma Te Kaupapa. Ed. Charlotte Macdonald, Merimeri Penfold and Bridget Williams. Wellington, N.Z.: Bridget Williams, 1991: 340-342.
- Co-authored with Cushla Parekowhai.