She was raised in Te Hapua in the far north. She has been awarded the Auckland Citizen of the Year Award and the Queen’s Service Medal.
- "Anne Tia." Celebrating Women: New Zealand Women and Their Stories. Ed. Christine Cole Catley. Prod. Mediawomen of New Zealand. Whatamongo Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, N.Z.: Cape Catley, 1984. 119-120
- An account of Tia’s role in bringing the Māori culture group Maranga into Paremoremo and Mt Eden prisons. This article is taken from a series of biographies and interviews of 50 women (from over 600 nominations) for the Mediawomen’s Awards conferred on Suffrage Day, 19 September 1982.