Brendan Hokowhitu

Ngāti Pukenga

Professor Hokowhitu grew up in Ōpōtiki and spent a year at the University of Waikato before completing a Physical Education degree at Otago. He completed his Masters at the University of Victoria (Canada) and then a PhD at Otago, before becoming a Lecturer in Te Tumu, Otago’s School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, where he spent 10 years. Prior to returning to Waikato, he was Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada.

He has published across a number of disciplines including in indigenous critical theory, masculinity, media and sport. Brendan has written over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is the lead editor of Fourth Eye: Māori Media in Aotearoa/New Zealand (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and, Indigenous Identity and Resistance: Researching the Diversity of Knowledge (University of Otago Press, 2010).

In 2015 he tookk over as Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato.

Biographical sources

  • 11 October 2016
  • 11 October 2016
  • 11 October 2016


  • "Sport, Tribes, and Technology: The New Zealand all Blacks Haka and the Politics of Identity." Journal of Sport & Social Issues 26.2 (2002).
  • Co-author S. J. Jackson.
  • "Review of Judith Simon’s (ed.) (1998). “Ngā Kura Māori: The Native School System 1867-1969." The Journal of the Polynesian Society 111.3 (2002): 281-283.
  • Theses

  • Te mana Māori : Te tatari i nga korero parau. PhD Thesis, University of Otago, 2002