Marama Paewai-Kingi was born and raised in Dannevirke and was educated at Dannevirke South School and Hukarere College where she was Dux of the school in 1960 and head prefect in 1961. She became an American Field Service Scholar in 1961 and attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, for one year. She continued her studies at Auckland University, Auckland Training College, Massey University and Massey College of Education, and graduated with a B.A. in Māori and English in 1989, Diploma of Teaching in 1989, and is currently studying for a Diploma on Teaching Students with Special Needs and a Diploma in Māori Development. She teaches at Dannevirke High School and is currently on study leave. She writes short stories, poetry and waiata and some of her waiata have been recorded by the local Kura Kaupapa School.
- Correspondence from Mārama Paewai-Kingi 26 June 1998.
- "My Year as an American School Girl." Te Ao Hou 41 (1962): 21.
- Paewai gives an account of her time as an American Field Scholar in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1961-62.
- "Maumahara ki nga Kupu." Nga Waiata. Palmerston North, N.Z.: Rangitane Radio, 1993.
- "Te Ao Huruhuru." Nga Waiata. Palmerston North, N.Z.: Rangitane Radio, 1993.
- "News In Brief." Te Ao Hou 36 (1961): 16.