Trevor was educated at the Auckland and Waikato Universities and has a special interest in researching, teaching and writing about the interaction of Māori and Pakeha in pre treaty New Zealand. Based in Tauranga with his wife Helen, his interests include reading, music and travel. Trevor has written numerous articles for historical journals and three books on culture crossing Europeans for Penguin: Pakeha-Māori (1999), Captured by Māori (2004) and Cannibal Jack (2010). A member of the New Zealand Military History Society, his Tribal Guns and Tribal Gunners, was published by Wilsonscott in 2014.
Written for general readers, Trevor’s books are based on archival research, field studies and interviews with the descendants of nineteenth century Māori, Pakeha and Pakeha-Māori. He is currently completing research and writing for a new book to be entitled ‘White Slaves, Māori Masters.’ During his 2018 residency he will be working on an anthology to be entitled, ‘The Māori Captivity Narratives: Twenty First Hand Accounts.’
Trevor holds the 12th residency for the year.