Kim Himoana was born in Auckland and was educated at Waioeka Primary School, ōpōtiki, Wanganui Intermediate and Wanganui High School. She continued her studies at Auckland College of Education and the School of Social Work. She graduated in 1990 with a Diploma in Applied Social Studies and a Certificate Qualification in Social Work. In 1982 she attended the Tu Tangata introduction to journalism. Kim was a residential social worker from 1986-88 and a community adviser for the Department of Internal Affairs from 1991-1992, and from 1993 to the present.
- Phone call and correspondence from Kim Penetito 19 Feb. and 8 Mar. 1998.
- "Conciliator Advises To ‘Think Big About Māoritanga’." Tu Tangata 8 (Oct/Nov 1982): 22.
- Penetito reports on a media hui held at Takapuahia Marae, Porirua, where Hiwi Tauroa, as Race Relations Conciliator challenged the media to become more familiar with the Māori culture and people.
- "No Women, No Cry." Tu Tangata 7 (Aug./Sept. 1982): 19.