Te Aupōuri, Te Ātiawa
Hailing from the Far North, Dean was born and raised in Te Kao on Te Aupōuri Peninsula. Schooled at Te Kao District High School and Wesley College he began his career in the public service after which he assisted his elders in the collation of oral histories in support of the Muriwhenua Land Claims.
His opportunity in media came as a reporter for Ruia Mai at MAI FM Radio in Auckland. He cut his teeth in television at TVNZ as a sports reporter for Marae and then moved onto report and eventually line-up Te Karere before moving to Māori Television in 2008.
Dean is a freelance journalist who works in the North.