Dr Kingi is an early pioneer of Māori development in Aotearoa having had an extensive public service and local government history. She is currently a Director of Nga Whare Watea Ltd, the housing subsidiary of the Manukau Urban Māori Authority, supporting the National Housing Social & Emergency Programme.
Dr Kingi is also a Director of the Aotearoa Credit Union and a Board member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board. Dr Kingi has taken on a role as the Te Ao Māori adviser to the Auckland Council Independent Reference Panel, undertaking the VfM programme to assess the Section 17(a) Cost Effectiveness of the 31 major projects proposed for the Auckland Region for the next ten years.
Dr Kingi was the first person of Māori descent to graduate from Harvard University Law School and has received Honours Recognition for Services to New Zealand with the Companion of the NZ Order of Merit and the Suffrage Medal. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Auckland University of Technology for contribution to the establishment of the new university, and multiple roles in governance.