Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Apa. Kaapua is currently studying her PhD in Political Studies at The University of Auckland. Her thesis is on Māori political participation. She has previously worked as a researcher for Maori Television, International Research Institute for Māori and Indigenous Education, Rautaki Ltd and a number of other institutions. She has also presented a television show for Māori TV called Arero.