Mr Hiha is a kaumātua of Ahuriri Hapū and a key driver of progress on the Ahuriri Hapū Treaty claims, having made submissions to the Waitangi Tribunal on seven different claims. He was a Māori All Black in the 1950s and has been a teacher and respected representative on a range of committees representing the interests of Māori. He has been iwi liaison officer for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, kaumatua for Napier City Council and a member of the Hawke’s Bay Conservation Board, and he chaired the Napier City Council's Māori Consultative Committee. He is a Trustee for Mana Ahuriri Inc and a Trustee of Te Awahohonu Trust and Tataraakina C Block Trust. Mr Hiha is a Justice of the Peace and was a Trustee of the Waiapu Diocese Board.
Mr Ruruarau (Heitia) Hiha, ONZM of Napier, for services to Māori