Ko Hikurangi me Tararua ngā maunga,
Ko Waiapu me Hōkio ngā awa,
Ko Nukutere me Tainui ngā waka,
Ko Te Whānau a Takimoana me Ngāti Pareraukawa ngā hapū,
Ko Ōhine Waiapu me Ngātokowaru ngā marae,
Ko Ngāti Porou me Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga ngā iwi.
Hiria was born and raised in Gisborne. She attended Campion College, then moved to Ōtaki with her whānau to study at Victoria University of Wellington. In 2014 Hiria graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies and Te Reo Māori. Hiria was admitted to the Bar in September 2014 and was involved in Waitangi Tribunal proceedings until returning to Gisborne in March 2017.
Hiria is most happy when she with her whānau. She is passionate about kapa haka and Māoritanga. She also likes to experience new things and help others. Hiria also enjoys dining out, playing sports, catching up with friends, watching movies, and reading.