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Professor Brendan Hokowhitu
Ngāti Pūkenga

Before returning to Aotearoa in 2016 Professor Brendan Hokowhitu was the Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Professor Hokowhitu is passionate about the autonomy of Indigenous Studies in the academy.  His leadership also saw a successful bid to host the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference at Waikato.  This was not only the first time the conference had been held outside of America and Canada but also the most successful in NAISA history.  Our students had access to the leading international scholars in Indigenous studies.

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Under Professor Hokowhitu's leadership, the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies has refocussed its academic offerings to provide global leadership on Indigenous Issues.  He identified the need for Indigenous learnings to extend into all areas of the workforce and was instrumental in improving the accessibility of basic tikanga knowledges to mainstream audiences.

Quirky Fact

Brendan is a huge Liverpool Football Club supporter and has been since he was 5 years old, when he travelled to England with his whānau because his parents took up exchange teacher roles in a town called Luton. His father, Eddie, wouldn't fly so the whānau travelled on a Greek Liner for a month to get to England. Liverpool haven't won the Premier League title for 30 years and so Brendan is hoping that the long title drought ends soon!


    • Fellow of Te Apārangi, The Royal Society of New Zealand
    • President Elect, Native and American Indigenous Studies Association

Appointments and Positions

Professor Hokowhitu has influenced policy and practice both here in New Zealand and abroad with a number of different roles.  These positions include:

  • Previous Dean, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta 2012-201
  • Chairperson, Māori Academic Board of Studies, University of Waikato
  • Royal Society of New Zealand, James Cook Research Fellowship - Social Sciences Assessment Panelist

Featured Publications

Professor Hokowhitu's research publications focus on Indigenous Critical Theory; Indigenous and Māori Masculinities; Indigenous and Māori Media; Māori Sport and Physical Activity. A selection of his published works are:

Find more research publications by Prof Brendan Hokowhitu

Take the opportunity to learn from the best.  Professor Hokowhitu teaches the following papers within the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies:

MAORI303 - Indigenous Critical Theory

This paper looks at the key theoretical influences, from Marxism to post-structuralism, upon critical Indigenous studies and the most significant writings by those Indigenous scholars who have chosen to engage with critical theory.

Contact details & media tools

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao
Professor Brendan Hokowhitu
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+64 7 8384977

For all media enquiries please contact:
Ngāwai Smith
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+64 22 427 5433

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