Hēni (Jane) Meretini Collins

Ngāti Raukawa, Te Arawa

1960 -



Hēni Collins was born in Wanganui and grew up on a sheep farm in south Taranaki. She was educated at Pātea High School and Wanganui Girls’ College. She attended Victoria University for a year before transferring to the University of Canterbury where she graduated with a B.A in sociology and a post-graduate diploma in journalism (1980). She worked as a journalist for The Daily News in Hāwera and New Plymouth (1983-4). While travelling in Africa she worked as a free-lance journalist for the New Zealand Herald, covering the United Nations Women’s Conference in Nairobi (1985). On returning to Auckland, she worked for the New Zealand Herald covering Māori news (1987-88), and for the Evening Post covering employment and Māori news (1989). She married John McDougall and had two children. Continuing to work on a free-lance basis she has written for Mana magazine, the Listener, Te Waka Toi (Creative New Zealand), the Community Employment Group, City Voice, the Porirua City Council, the Department of Corrections and SPANZ (Spanning Presbyterians in Aotearoa New Zealand). In 1994 she tutored a “Writing Skills” course at Victoria University.

Since 1994 she has also worked on large non-fiction projects (towards possible publication) on topics including dual Māori/Pākehā ethnicity and the life of the rangātira Te Rauparaha (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa). Her marriage ended in 1998. In 2000-2002 she was involved in editing and facilitating the publication of the third book in an autobiographical series by Mihipeka Edwards: “Mihipeka, Call of an Elder, Karanga a te Kuia”, published by Steele Roberts Ltd, November 2002. In 2001 she was involved in organising a full-day hui on “Being Both Māori and Pākehā” at Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington., and has spoken publicly on this topic at an oral history conference (Palmerston North, N.Z. 1999), at a public talk at the National Library auditorium in Wellington (2000), and at a Te Waka āwhina hui at Victoria University, Wellington, (2001). In 2002-3 she worked towards completing a Masters in Philosophy in Māori Studies at Massey University on the topic of dual Māori/Pākehā ethnicity. Her thesis is entitled “Te Pūtahitanga o Ngā Tai e Rua, The Meeting of Two Tides. Journeys of Mixed Heritage Māori/Pākehā towards Identity Strength”. It was submitted in March 2004. She has received a grant from Te Waka Toi to prepare her manuscript on the life of Te Rauparaha for publication (2004-5). This proposed book is tentatively titled “Raha – His life and times”. In 2003 she attained an advanced certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Hēni is a member of the Kikopiri Māori Marae Committee, Ohau, Levin. She is a trustee on Jim Moriarty’s drama therapy trust Te Rākau Hua o te Wao Tapu (2002-). She is a former trustee on Bruce Stewart’s Tapu Te Ranga Marae Trust in Island Bay, Wellington (2003-4).

Hēni has written numerous articles for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand magazine sPanz, including many relating to the Māori synod, Te Aka Puaho and others to Pacific Island and other ethnic initiatives. She has also written for the Te Puni Kokiri magazine Kokiri Paetae in 2005, for the Human Rights Commission (A monograph on the Treaty), and for a cultural consultancy company called Mauri Ora Associates.



Biographical sources

  • Interview and email correspondence with Hēni Collins on 9 Aug. 1992, 23 April, 3 May 2004 and 12 Dec. 2005.

    Non-fiction

  • "What happens after Kohanga Reo?" Evening Post 11 May 1989: 7.
  • "Aid to Encourage Māori Women in Sport." Evening Post 17 May 1989: 2.
  • "Māori Worried over Coastal Management. " Evening Post 18 May 1989: 5.
  • "Elaborate Meeting House Opens. " Evening Post 20 May 1989: 3.
  • "Australian Māori Council Set Up." Evening Post 20 May 1989. 4.
  • "Māori Affairs Staff Offered Money to Stay." Evening Post 27 May 1989: 2.
  • "Māori Arts Plan Edict Angers." Evening Post 30 May 1989: 2.
  • "Call for Tribes to Impose Own Fishing Bans." Evening Post 30 May 1989. 10.
  • "‘Landmark’ Book Opens Old Art of Māori Weaving." Evening Post 6 June 1989: 4.
  • Evening Post
  • "Māori Tourism Group Aims to Set Official Standards." Evening Post 13 June 1989: 21.
  • "Māori TV Drama Shot at Island Bay." Evening Post 23 June 1989: 17.
  • "Most Māori in Five Main Tribes." Evening Post 24 June 1989: 2.
  • "Māori Affairs Managers." Evening Post 18 Aug. 1989: 2.
  • "Māori Carvings Take Role in Depot Pplay." Evening Post 21 Aug. 1989: 24.
  • "Māori Backs Tripartite Idea." Evening Post 21 Aug. 1989: 14.
  • "Māori Leader Rejects Call." Evening Post 31 Aug. 1989: 10.
  • "Debate on Future of Māori Body." Evening Post 4 Sept. 1989: 5.
  • "Māori Council Accused of not Passing on Trust Funds." Evening Post 11 Sept. 1989: 2.
  • "Gardiner Named Iwi Agency Chief." Evening Post 12 Sept. 1989.
  • "Ministry Launch Outlines Goals on Māori Issues." Evening Post 1 July 1989: 3.
  • "Uneasiness Over Books." Evening Post 4 July 1989: 3.
  • "Should Tribal Sovereignty Extend to Law?" Evening Post 11 July 1989: 7.
  • "Māori Language Consultancy Overwhelmed by Wide Interest." Evening Post 13 July 1989: 5.
  • "Māori Allegedly Pre-Empted in Plan." Evening Post 18 July 1989: 6.
  • "Māori Congress - a Recipe for Unity." Evening Post 10 Aug. 1989: 7.
  • "Regional Hui to Eecide Role." Evening Post 14 Aug. 1989: 2.
  • "No Māori On Majority Of Boards." Evening Post 15 Aug. 1989: 5.
  • "Iwi Team To Be Tribes’ Liaison." Evening Post 18 Aug. 1989: 2
  • "Life-Enhancing Skill Learnt." Evening Post 13 Sept. 1989: 45.
  • Co-authored with Ross Giblin.
  • "Fears Over Plan For Iwi Bodies Allayed." Evening Post 15 Sept. 1989: 5.
  • "Iwi Transition Leader Aiming For The Skies." Evening Post 20 Sept. 1989: 18.
  • "Education Act Unjust, Says Māori Council." Evening Post 26 Sept. 1989: 3.
  • "Curbs Anger Department Staff." Evening Post 28 Sept. 1989: 3.
  • "300 Staff Dropped in Transition to Iwi Agency." Evening Post 2 Oct. 1989: 3.
  • "Leaders Say Tribes Eroded by Changes." Evening Post 3 Oct. 1989: 5.
  • "Axe Still Far off for Māori Trust Office." Evening Post 9 Oct. 1989: 4.
  • "Action Call over Māori Land Leases." Evening Post 23 Oct. 1989
  • "Māori Council Turns to Tribunal for Funding Help." Evening Post 31 Oct. 1989: 8.
  • "Māori Unhappy Fishing Levies used to Fight Their Rights." Evening Post 2 Nov. 1989: 3.
  • "Long, Costly Fight Nearly Over." Evening Post 14 Nov. 1989: 13.
  • Cook Reunion: Raukawa Marae, Otaki 1989-1990. Dianne Kerse, Elizabeth Cook, David Kerse. Journal Editors: Annette Kitching and Jane Collins. 1990. No details.
  • "Local Artists Miss out." Evening Post 23 Mar. 1990: 18.
  • "Streak of Light." Listener 20 Aug. 1990: 104-105.
  • "Manatu Māori: Perspectives." Service 3.2 (1990): 22-24.
  • "Commuter Babies." Listener & TV Times March 18, 1991: 22+.
  • About babies in childcare.
  • "Heartbreak of Mothers in Prison." Evening Post 20 March, 1991.
  • "Māori age 5 years faster than Pākehā." City Voice 9 Sept. 1999.
  • Co-authored with Dr Camara Jones.
  • "Heroes on the Hill." Evening Post, 25 Sept. 1999: 13.
  • About a statue of Te Rauparaha and Te Rangihaeata in Kingston, Wellington.
  • "Ngā Tangata Awarua, The Joys and Pain of Being Both Māori and Pākehā" Oral History in New Zealand 11 (1999): 1-5.
  • Cook Whanau 2000, [Published privately] No details.
  • An update on the Cook Whanau Journal.
  • Ngā Taonga o Aotearoa, Treasures of Aotearoa New Zealand. Māori art at the 8th Festival of Pacific Arts in Kanaky/New Caledonia. Creative New Zealand, October 2000. No further details.
  • "Nga Taonga o Aotearoa, Treasure of Aotearoa New Zealand. Māori art at the 8th Festival of Pacific Arts in Kanaky/New Caledonia." Creative New Zealand October 2000.
  • "Ukaipo – The Breast-Milk Which Nurtures In The Night." Tu Mai: Offering An Indigenous New Zealand Perspective 23 (2001): 32-34.
  • "A Treasure For Generations To Come." New Zealand Historic Places 83 (2001): 17-19.
  • "Connecting With People." Spanz. June 2004. Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. 8 Dec. 2005.
  • "Making A Difference For The Better." Spanz. Sept. 2004. Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. 8 Dec. 2005. http://www.pcanz.org.nz/2827.0.html
  • "Pacific Pulse: Working With Families." Spanz. Sept. 2004. Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. 8 Dec. 2005. http://www.pcanz.org.nz/2836.0.html
  • "Still Caring After All these Years." Spanz. Sept. 2004. Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. 8 Dec. 2005. <http://www.pcanz.org.nz/2817.0.html>
  • About Rev Tom Hawea of Te Teko.
  • "Sir Rodney Gallen." Sept. 2004. Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. 8 Dec. 2005. http://www.pcanz.org.nz/2828.0.html
  • Theses

  • Te PuTahitanga O Ngā Tai E Rua. The Meeting Of Two Tides: Journeys Of Mixed Heritage Māori/Pākehā Towards Identity Strength. Diss. Massey U, 2004.