Phillip Tumataroa was born in Christchurch and was educated at Burnside Primary School, Cobham Intermediate School and Papanui High School. He attended Waiariki Community College in Rotorua and graduated with a Diploma in Journalism in 1986. He works as a journalist, photo-journalist and photographer. He spent four years working for the Taranaki Herald and has worked for three years in Christchurch as a photo-journalist. For the past five years he has worked as a commercial photographer in Christchurch. His articles have appeared in many publications, newspapers, magazines, and brochures.
- Fax from Tumataroa on 19 Feb. 1998.
- Tumataroa, Phillip. "Churches Illustrate Impact of New Faith." New Zealand Historic Places 29 (1990): 43.
- "Churches Illustrate Impact of New Faith." New Zealand Historic Places 29 (1990): 41-43.
- Tumataroa writes of the unique features and history of three Māori churches: St Mary’s Tikitiki, St. Paul’s Putiki and Rangiatea in Otaki.