Tonihi was born and raised in Tauranga, New Zealand. Tonihi's pepeha (below) - lets people know who he is and where he is from by identifying his tribe, his marae and the physical features of his surrounding region.
"My inspiration comes from my Maori culture, its traditions and its customs."
Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Tauranga te Moana
Ko Ngai Te Rangi me Ngati Ranginui nga iwi
Ko Ngai Te Ahi me Ngati He nga hapu
Ko Hairini me Maungatapu nga marae
Ko Maatatua te waka