Tom Roa was born in Otorohanga, the youngest son of Ngahina Roa and Te Raukura Kite, and was educated at Otorohanga South School and Otorohanga College. He attended Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland Teachers’ Training College. He graduated with a B.A., a Diploma of Teaching and a Diploma TESL. He has been Deputy Principal at Queen Victoria School, Auckland. He is married to Robyn Clark of Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Koroki and Ngāti Wairere.
- Tukua: He Tikanga Māori. Auckland, N.Z.: Heinemann, 1987.
- A collection of explanations of Tikanga Māori.
- "A Model For Reseasrch In Māori Contexts." Dialogue: The AIT Journal of Adult and Higher Education 3-4 (June 1995): 25-27.
- "Whanaungatanga: An Illustration Of The Importance Of Cultural Context." Journal of Māori and Pacific Development: He Puna Kōrero 3.1 (Feb. 2002): 88-96.
- Co-authored with William McNatty.
- "Traittore; Traduttore: Cultural Integrity And Translation Involving Māori And Other Indigenous Languages." Journal of Māori and Pacific Development: He Puna Kōrero 5.1 (Feb. 2004): 44-48.
- "Tikanga Tainui: Tikanga Whare Wānanga.: Journal of Māori and Pacific Development: He Puna Kōrero 6.2 (Sept. 2005): 3-8.
- "Te Reo Amiorangi." Journal of Māori and Pacific Development: He Puna Kōrero 7.2 (Sept. 2006): 74-78.
- Kuri. Bernard Gadd. Trans. Tom Roa. Papatoetoe, N.Z.: Ropu Kahurangi, 1985.
- He Atawhai a Tuakana i a Teina. Bernard Gadd. Trans. Tom Roa. Papatoetoe, N.Z.: Ropu Kahurangi, 1985.
- "Centuries of Māori Thought." Rev. of Te Tangata: The Human Person, by Michael Shirres. New Zealand Herald 29 Nov. 1997: G6.
- Rev. of Ngā Kura Māori: The Native Schols System 1867-1969, ed. Judith Simon. History Now 5.1 (May 1999): 43-45.
Tukua He Tikanga Måori
- School Library Review 8.3 (1988). No further details.
Tukua He Tikanga Māori
- Rangi, Tom. Te Karanga: Canterbury Māori Studies Association. 3.1 (May 1987): 36.