Hilda Mary Halkyard-Harawira

Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Whātua

1955 -

Hilda Halkyard-Harawira was born at Mangonui and educated at Hillary College. She was a student at Auckland University and was President of the University Māori Club in 1976 and 1977. Hilda later attended Epsom Training College; she has a Teaching Diploma. Her main area of work is in education. In 1987 Hilda won a Peace Prize from the Danish Peace Foundation for her work as Secretary of the International Steering Committee of Pacific Concerns Resource Centre.

Biographical sources

  • Correspondence from Hilda Halkyard-Harawira 11 Dec, 1992, and 1 Feb. 1998.
  • Broadsheet 101 (1982): 30.
  • Erai, Michelle, Fuli, Everdina, Irwin, Kathie and Wilcox, Lenaire. Māori Women: An Annotated Bibliography. [Wellington, N.Z.]: Michelle Erai, Everdina Fuli, Kathie Irwin and Lenaire Wilcox, 1991. 4.


  • "Hui Looks At Land Take." Broadsheet 100 (1982): 10.
  • A report of the "Black Womin’s Hui on Land" held at the Auckland Māori Mission on April 24, 1982, and a summary of specific tribal land issues raised by Waatara Mihi, Sharon Hawke and Angie Greensill.
  • "Building a National Māori Network." Broadsheet 100 (1982): 11.
  • Hilda Halkyard-Harawira gives an overview of the Waitangi National Hui which was held at Kokiri ki Rahuitanga ki Otara from April 30- May 2, 1982. The hui focussed on evaluating past protests and strengthening the national network concerning Treaty grievances.
  • "Otara Black Woman Batonned." Broadsheet 101 (1982): 10.
  • Hilda Halkyard writes a disturbing account of police brutality toward Sharon Robertson outside the Te Puke O Tara Community Centre on 22 May 1982.
  • "Women of the Land: Reni and Sharon Hawke interviewed by Hilda Halkyard." Broadsheet 101 (1982): 32-34.
  • Reni and Sharon Hawke discuss their involvement in the Bastion Point occupation and the impact it had on their lives.
  • "Hilda Halkyard on the Health Conference." In "The Conference to End All Conferences." Broadsheet 104 (1982): 10-13.
  • In this critique of the National Women’s Health Conference held in Auckland in September 17-19, 1982, Hilda Halkyard-Harawira contends that the conference was permeated with "the stench of the white culture....white talk, tame talk, double meaning talk, appeasing talk, white ideas, private jokes." She summarises the various responses to Māori by Pakeha women attending the conference, and concludes that "white women are too far behind....[and] Black women gotta carry on."
  • "Hawaiian Solidarity." Broadsheet 108 (1983): 7-8.
  • Halkyard-Harawira interviews Kuumeaaloha Gomes about her membership of the Political Action Committee of the Protect Kaho’olawa ‘Ohana. In 1983, Gomes came to New Zealand to demonstrate Hawaiian solidarity with the Māori Waitangi protest movement. She discusses with Halkyard-Harawira the role of women in the Hawaiian struggle for sovereignty, and the similarities between Māori and Hawaiian women.
  • "May 24: Can 20,000 Women Be Wrong?" Broadsheet 111 (1983): 12-21. Rpt. in Broadsheet: Twenty Years of Broadsheet Magazine. Comp. and introduction by Pat Rosier. Auckland, N.Z.: New Women’s Press, 1992. 39-45.
  • Co-authors Kathleen Ryan, Hilda Halkyard, Grace Robertson, Lyn Crossley, Mona Papali’i. Hilda Halkyard-Harawira writes one of a series of responses to the protests of May 24, 1983, International Day of Action for Disarmament, when 20,000 New Zealanders marched throughout the country in a gesture of solidarity with the Greenham Camp protests against the location of US MX missiles in the United Kingdom, and for "peace and an end to the nuclear threat". While she commends the aims of the protest, Hilda Halkyard argues that major defence strategies of the Super Powers will hardly be deflected by the releasing of balloons and the holding of candles: rather, government policies have to be changed. She also discusses the work of the Pacific Peoples Anti-Nuclear Action Committee.
  • "Te Kohanga Reo." Broadsheet 113 (1983): 16-18.
  • In this article, Halkyard-Harawira writes of the impact of the Pakeha education system on Māori and she outlines the kaupapa of Te Kohanga Reo. Raewyn Wiki describes the Te Kohanga Reo she is involved with and notes funding difficulties. She also notes the few Māori-speaking alternatives into which Te Kohanga Reo children may graduate as they age. This article contains Māori language contributions from Meremere Penfold and T. Roa. It also contains two papers on Te Kohanga Reo.
  • "Rise Above the Fear." Te Hikoi Ki Waitangi 1984. Otara, N.Z.: Waitangi Action Committee, Aug. 1984. 57-58.
  • Halkyard-Harawira articulates her reasons for marching on the hikoi to Waitangi in 1984 and stresses the need for clear guidelines for protest action. She writes of the pervasive sense of fear amongst the marchers concerning the outcome at Waitangi and she criticises the heavy-handed approach of the police and armed forces at Waitangi.
  • "The Problem of Māoris Having to put up with Do-Gooder Pakeha Journalists." Te Hikoi Ki Waitangi 1984. Otara, N.Z.: Waitangi Action Committee, 1984. 66-67.
  • A critique of the media coverage of the 1984 hikoi to Waitangi.
  • "Māori Flag." Te Iwi o Aotearoa 40 (1991): 15.
  • Halkyard-Harawira writes of the National Māori Flag Competition of 1990 which was to provide a flag as "a symbol of liberation and identity of and for Māori people".
  • "Hilda Halkyard." ibid. 29-31. Rpt. in Broadsheet: Twenty Years of Broadsheet Magazine. Comp. and introduction by Pat Rosier. Auckland, N.Z.: New Women’s Press, 1992. 63-67.
  • An autobiographical account written in conjunction with Donna Awatere in which Hilda Halkyard-Harawira talks of her Māori identity and participation in Māori activism in the 1970s.
  • "Pacific Connections: Women and the Peace Movement in Aotearoa." Hilda Halkyard-Harawira and Katie Boanas. Feminist Voices: Women’s Studies Texts for Aotearoa/New Zealand. Ed. Rosemary Du Plessis, Phillida Bunkle, Kathie Irwin, Alison Laurie and Sue Middleton. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford UP, 1992. 317-337.
  • This essay is composed of two interviews: in the first, Katie Boanas interviews Hilda Halkyard-Harawira at the Sixth Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Conference in 1990. In the second, Zohl de Ishtar interviews Katie Boanas. Halkyard-Harawira discusses her involvement in the peace movement which began after attending the Nuclear Free Pacific Conference in Hawaii in 1980. On her return to New Zealand, the Pacific People’s Anti-Nuclear Action Committee was founded and later Halkyard-Harawira recognised the importance of having a Māori forum in the peace movement. This realisation precipitated the conference Te Hui Oranga o te Moana Nui a Kiwa in 1982.
  • "Hilda Halkyard Harawira." Takaparawhau: The People’s Story: 1998 Bastion Point 20 Year Commemoration Book. Ed. Sharon Hawke. Auckland, N.Z.: Moko Productions, 1998. 22-24.
  • One of 34 accounts and recollections of the Bastion Point occupation.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • "Self Determination and the United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." No further details.
  • Address to Te Puni Kokiri Consultation on 11 July 1997.
  • "The Process of Liberation is Irresistible and Irreversible." Nov. 1997. No further details.
  • Halkyard-Harawira writes that this address focuses on "MAI and the inevitability of Māori independence."
  • "Making Education work for Māori in the Far North Region." No further details.
  • Presented at the Consultation Round of Te Puni Kokiri in December 1997.
  • Performing Arts

  • Maranga Mai. 1979. No further details.
  • Co-authors Hilda, Ana and Nopera. This play was performed to accompany Te Whai Huarahi speaking tour of Ngapuhi marae in 1979. [Ref. Broadsheet 101 (1982): 31]
  • Poetry

  • "What We Learnt." [First line] A Report on the Women’s Health Network National Conference. Held on the 17th, 18th and 19th September, 1982, Auckland, N.Z., New Zealand. Tauranga, N.Z.: New Zealand Women’s Health Network, (1983). 73.
  • This poem was part of the "Feedback" of the 1982 National Women’s Health Conference. It articulates the dichotomy between the positions of "White" and "Black" women attending the conference, and the disappointment and anger of "Black" women who felt little solidarity with the stance of "White" women.


  • "Peace Prize Awarded." Broadsheet 150 (1987): 7.
  • Erai, Michelle, Fuli, Everdina, Irwin, Kathie and Wilcox, Lenaire. Māori Women: An Annotated Bibliography. [Wellington, N.Z.]: Michelle Erai, Everdina Fuli, Kathie Irwin and Lenaire Wilcox, 1991. 2, 4, primary ref. 10.
  • Reviews

  • Ensing, Riemke. "Books: Documenting Peace." Art New Zealand 43 (1987): 89-91.