She was born in Akaroa and was educated at Akaroa Primary School, Akaroa High School and the University of Canterbury. She writes poetry and short stories. She is very interested in bicultural issues and has a great concern for the future of New Zealand children and their relationship with biculturalism.
- Interview with Tainui on 25 Feb. 1993.
- "Uncle Riki." Tu Tangata 23 (1985): 34-35.
- Tainui articulates the struggles of contemporary Māori youth and calls upon Māori elders to support Māori youth in their quest to determine and find their spiritual identity.