Kei te riu o Waikato, ko Rahui Pookeka, ko Waahi Paa, Ko Ngati Mahuta e tau ana.

Tipa Mahuta is from Rahui Pookeka (Huntly) and grew up at Waahi Paa with the impacts of the Huntly Power Project and coal mining on local communities. She collected oral histories from kaumātua and supported the establishment of the tribal Tira Hoe, to return this history to descendants of the river.

Tipa has held a wide range of governance roles including Iwi and local government positions. Tipa is the Co-Chair Iwi Appointee of the Waikato River Authority and Co-Chair of Te Aka Whai Ora (Māori Health Authority).

Her other current roles include Member - Chair, Te Puna, Taumata Arowai and Councillor Waikato Regional Council.