Te Reo Tuhiwai was born at Tolaga Bay on the East Coast and was educated at Tolaga Bay District School and Rotorua High School. He has worked as a Postmaster, Executive Director of Community Projects for the YMCA, Community Officer and Priest. He became a Deacon in 1978 and was ordained a priest in 1982. He has worked as an Assistant Chaplain on Waipatu Moteo Pastorate.
- Correspondence from Tuhiwai: 18 Feb. 1998.
- Clerical Directory: Church of the Province of New Zealand, 1984. February 1984.
- "Ko Te Matauranga Te Huarahi Mo Nga Whakatupuranga Ke Te Piki Ake." Tu Tangata 36 (1987): 16-17.
- Tuhiwai speaks of his appointment as Executive Director - Community Projects for YMCA and discusses the scope of his work, which includes promoting bi-culturalism within an organisation that some have perceived to be a ‘white middle class organisation whose prime function is health and fitness’.