Brent Kerehona (Pukepuke-Ahitapu)
BA, MTeach (WSU)
Viewing A Grammar and Vocabulary of the Language of New Zealand at the National Library of Australia.
Brent (director/author/filmmaker) is a history teacher and a former soldier, having served in the army for 10 years; initially as a Paratrooper before corps-transferring and becoming a Military Policeman.
Brent traces his whakapapa to Ngapuhi, Ngati Pahauwera, Te Whakatohea, Te Whanau-A-Apanui and Tuhoe.
On board the R Tucker Thompson tall ship in the Bay of Islands - filming a re-enactment of Hongi's journey from New Zealand to England.
Brent's research methodology has been meticulous, including: academic studies, conducting interviews with scholars and descendants of characters from within these books, journal articles and short film.
Brent has undertaken comprehensive international and domestic travels to, and within, England, Australia and New Zealand, to conduct in-depth, on-site research and filming.
Re-enacting Hongi's 1820 visit to Queens' College, Cambridge University, U.K. Photo courtesy of Rev Dr Jonathon Holmes.
Brent has delivered talks and presentations at a number of institutions, such as: the University of Sydney, the Brighton Museum U.K., the National Gallery of Australia, and Ravens Row, U.K. These presentations were based on: Hongi Hika, Moka Te Kaingamata, Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi), and New Zealand history in general, etc.
He has been interviewed in Australia (The Navigators Radio 93.7FM), New Zealand (Pakiwaatara - Waatea News) and England (BBC Radio).
29 May 2019
Background image: 'A Trio of Travellers'. Photographer and artist - Brent Kerehona 2019/20