Nori Parata was born at Te Puia Springs and was raised in Ruatoria. She attended Manutahi Primary School, Gisborne Girls’ High School and Ngata Memorial College. She has worked in manual and labouring jobs for shearing gangs and was employed for two seasons at the freezing works in the South Island. She worked in Kohanga Reo in Gisborne for three years and then completed a B.A. in Māori and Education at Massey University graduating in 1990. In 1989 she became researcher/co-ordinator for the Māori Women’s Housing Research Project (MWHRP). Nori then became National Director of Te Korowai Aroha Aotearoa. From 1992 to 1995 she worked for Te Puna Kokiri at a regional and national level. She moved to Tairawhiti Polytechnic as Manager of the Department of Social Sciences. In April 1998 she began her appointment as Principal of Tolaga Bay Area School.
- Email correspondence from Parata 17 Feb, 9 Mar. 1998.
- "‘For the Sake of Decent Shelter’: An Interview with Nori Parata, Researcher/Co-ordinator, Māori Women’s Housing Research Project." Interview with Viv Porzsolt. Women’s Studies Journal 7.2 (1991): 23-27.
- "For the Sake of Decent Shelter." . Report No.12. June 1991.
- Co-authored with Te Kairangahau.