Mihi Keita Ngata

Ngāti Porou

1948 -

Mihi Ngata was born at Waipiro Bay, and attended Mata School, Huiarua Station, East Coast, and Queen Victoria School in Parnell, Auckland. Mihi attended Auckland Teachers’ Training College in Epsom Auckland and obtained her Teachers’ College Diploma in 1968. At Gisborne Tairawhiti Polytech, Mihi received her Bi-lingual Education Certificate. She was one of five top finalists in 1997 for the Huia Short Story Awards and was a finalist in the Te Puni Kokiri Award. Mihi writes short stories for children in Māori. She is a primary school teacher and a Resource Teacher of Māori. She is based in Gisborne and delivers post-teacher training to Kura Kaupapa Māori and Rumaki Units.

Biographical sources

  • Correspondence from Mihi 23 Mar. and 24 Sept. 1998.


  • "Te Wero o Te Pi." Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, (1997-98). No further details.
  • Other

  • Taura Tangata: Te Whakapapa o Nga Kiore o Ohinewaiapu/The Goldsmith/Collier Genealogy. Comp. and ed. Mihi Keita Ngata and Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira. Raglan, N.Z.: Ahuru Press, 1988.
  • A comprehensive account of the Goldsmith/Collier family tree which includes Ngāti Porou historical notes, a description of the papakainga in Rangitukia and Ohinewaiapu Marae, biographies, photographs, genealogical tables and letters from England between 1892-1919.