Vernon Winitana was born in Waiwhetu and grew up with his grandparents in the Hutt Valley. He was educated at Hutt Valley High School and Victoria University. He received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study in the USA. Winitana has worked in the Ministry of Works, Justice Department, Todd Motors and Māori Affairs. He has played for the New Zealand Māoris and NZ Junior All Blacks. He was awarded CARE [Citizens Association for Racial Equality] Sportsman of the Year Award for his refusal to tour South Africa with the Petone Club. He was a foundation member of Nga Tamatoa ki Poneke in 1970. He currently works in the energy sector.
- Correspondence from Vernon Winitana: 23 Dec. 1997, 17 and 23 Dec. 2004.
- Sorenson, Klaus. "Vern Turns Down South African Tour." Te Māori 6.1 (1973/74): 6.
- He Whakaaro Ke: A Collection of Non-fiction Articles Published in a Collaborative Effort. Vern Winitana, Angela McGregor, Harry Walker and Barnie Pikari. Illust. Robyn Kahukiwa. Wellington, N.Z.: Print Express, [198?].
- A collection of articles previously published in the Porirua Community Newspaper, Te Awa-iti.
- "Methodological Pluralism: A New Zealand Indigenous Case Study of Research Process Management and Organizational Project Management." A. Balcombe and Vernon Winitana. ALARPM 6th and PAR 10th World Congress, U of Pretoria, Pretoria, S.A. 21-24 Sept. 2002.
- Sorenson, Klaus. "Vern Turns Down South African Tour." Te Māori 6.1 (Dec. 1973-Jan. 1974): 6.
- Tu Tangata 27 (1985): 46.