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Researcher/Author & Filmmaker

Brent Kerehona (Pukepuke-Ahitapu) BA, MTeach

Brent is ex-military, having served in the Australian Army for 10 years. Initially as a Para-trooper, where he was posted to the elite parachute battalion 3 RAR (Para); before corps transfering and becoming a Military Policeman with 2 MP Coy.


He received the awards for 'Most Outstanding Soldier' and 'Best at P.T.' (Physical Training) whilst at the School of Infantry in April 1996. He was also awarded a 'Provost Marshall-Army' Certificate of Merit for his role in evacuating personnel and fighting fires in December 2002.


He was promoted to Lance Corporal in October 2002, deployed on Operation Relex II in February 2003, and was promoted to Corporal in July that same year.


He represented the NSW Army in Rugby Union in 1996, and also in Basketball; where the NSW Army team was victorious in the NSW Inter-service tournaments, winning back-to-back titles in 2003-4.


After discharging from the Army in February 2005, Brent attended the University of Western Sydney; where he studied a Bachelor of Arts from 2005-7, and a Master of Teaching from 2008-9.


Brent currently teaches, coaches, and facilitates a number of programs within Secondary Schools in the Sydney South-West Region. He is committed to assisting and developing the youth, and has taken on numerous volunteer positions within his local community within the past two decades; including tutoring, sports coaching and mentoring roles.


He resides in Sydney, Australia, and values his time with his wife, five adult sons and numerous grandchildren. He enjoys a variety of sports including rugby union, mixed martial arts and basketball; with his other love being international travel.


He is extremely passionate about learning, teaching and promoting Maori culture, and traces his whakapapa back to Ngapuhi/Whakatohea & Ngai Tuhoe/Whanau-a-Apanui. He is equally as proud to have British and Swedish ancestry; his British sides are a legal family from Bloomsbury, London, and a military family from Alveston, near Bristol, as well as a Naval family from Helsingborg, South-West Sweden.

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