Tamati Howard was born in Kawakawa and attended Kaukapakapa-Kaipara Primary School, Woodhill Primary School, Helensville District High School and Rawene District High School. He continued his studies at Ardmore Teachers College from 1960-61 and Auckland College of Education gaining a Trained Teacher’s Certificate, Diploma Educational Management (ACE) and Higher Diploma of Teaching (ACE). In his teaching career Howard has taught at Tawera Māori School (1962) and Kaikohe Primary School (1963-65). He has been Principal of Ohautira Māori School (1965-68), Totara North School (1968-73), Otaika School (1974), Ohaeawai School (1974-78), Kelson School (1979-80), Panmure District School (1980-83), Northcote Primary (1984-87), Yendarra School (1987-1996), and Bresent Otahuhu Primary (1997-). In 1981 he was appointed NZEI Associate and in 1992 appointed NZEI Fellow. While at Northcote School he was Chair of NZEI Resource Committee on Māori Education.
- Correspondence from Tamati Howard on 3 June 2004.
- "A message from Tamati Howard, Chairman, NZEI Resource Committee on Māori Education (Northcote School)." National Education 66.4 (1984): 139.
- Howard reports on the inaugural meeting of the NZEI’s Resource Committee on Māori Education on 27 February 1984 and writes of the role of the committee.