Makere was born at Tuahiwi and later moved to Temuka, Geraldine and Timaru. In her interview recorded in Haeata Herstory 1985 she states that her school memories were not happy and she left school early. At the age of 18 she went to Wellington and was employed in the domestic staff of Wellington Hospital for five years. She later worked as a housekeeper for a medical family in Wellington for over 23 years. Makere helped to establish the Northland Senior Citizens’ Club and was involved with the Ngāti Poneke Club at Pipitea Marae in Thorndon.
- Haeata Herstory 1985. Auckland, N.Z.: Haeata Herstory Collective, New Women’s Press, 1985. 53.
- "Makere Kura Brown." Haeata Herstory 1985. Auckland, N.Z.: Haeata Herstory Collective, New Women’s Press, 1985. 53.
- In this account taken from interviews, Brown describes her childhood in which she was largely separated from her taha Māori, her reclaiming of marae kawa after her marriage, and her work with her adoptive children and other activities in Wellington.