Paora Tia toa is of Ngapuhi and Ngati raukawa decent.
His work explores his relationship with his Maori culture . his upbringing was dysfunctional and as a result, he held his distance from all things Maori for many years.

the process of making art has opened his mind and heart, and learning about the effects of colonisation has helped him to situate his whanau and personal narrative in a wider context