Dean Whiting was born in Nelson and was educated at Keith Street Primary School, Wanganui, Hokowhitu Primary, Palmerston North Normal Intermediate School, Freyberg High School and Bay of Islands College in Kawakawa. From 1987-1990 he continued his studies at Canberra University, Australia, and graduated with a degree in the Conservation of Cultural Materials. He is currently working for the NZ Historic Places Trust as a Māori Buildings Conservator. He also works in graphic design and carving. He writes non-fiction material.
- Correspondence with Whiting: 2 June and 11 June 1998, and 19 Nov. 2004.
- Whting, Dean. “Restoring Te Tikanga.” Historic Places 33 (1991): 47.
- "Restoring Te Tikanga." New Zealand Historic Places 33 (1991): 46-47.
- Whiting provides a description of the restoration of the wharenui Te Tikanga, on Tokorangi Marae near Feilding, which was restored in a series of workshops at the marae beginning in February 1991.