Tackling Māori masculinity and re-thinking stereotypes

From Nine To Noon, 11:27 am on 23 March 2016
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Professor Hokowhitu is the New Dean of Waikato University's School of Māori and Pacific Development  and his historical analysis of Māori in sport, and on the rugby field in particular, has led to some interesting work on Māori masculinity as well as masculinity in general.

He says that in the 19th century Māori masculine physicality was like the untamed countryside, something to be conquered and civilized; fast forward to the present day and it has become a spectacle played out on the sports field.

Brendan Hokowhitu is of Ngāti Pukenga.

He talks to Kathryn Ryan.