Born Tuaiawa Eva Kereopa at Te Kōpua, Whaingaroa Harbour, Raglan, in 1925. Best known for her role in the campaign to have the public golf course on Te Kōpua land returned to local iwi in 1979, and for leading a hikoi to Waitangi in February 1984.
Advisor ministries of Justice and Social Welfare. Very active in tribal affairs and environmental issues. She stood as a Mana Motuhake candidate for Parliament, and was a co-founder of the Mana Māori political party in 1993.
Married to James 'Tex' Rickard; nine children.