Diane Prince

Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whātua

1952 -

Diane Prince was born in Wellington and was educated at Wellington East and in the Hutt. She attended Wellington Training College for three years and studied part-time at Victoria University. She moved to Auckland for eleven years where she studied Art History at Auckland University and became involved with the Bastion Point occupation. On returning to Wellington, Prince married Dun Mihaka and had two children. She has worked on Waitangi protests in Wellington. She uses art to express her beliefs. She has worked on theatre sets at Taki Rua and continues to exhibit her art work and write non-fiction.

Biographical sources

  • Phone conversations with Diane Prince, 8 and 9 Sept. 1998.


  • The Answer to Judge Spate. [?]: Bastion Point Action Committee, 1977-78.
  • This was written after Judge Spate’s ruling.
  • Whakapohane: I Na Tuohu Koe Me Mea Hei Maunga Tei Tei. Porirua, N.Z.: Ruatara, 1984. Re-issued as Whakapohane 1990. Dun Mihaka and Diane Prince. Ed. Marama Laurenson. Wellington, N.Z.: Te Ringa Mangu, 1989.
  • Co-authored with Te Ringa Mihaka.
  • "Te Hono Ki Waitangi - Tent Embassy." Mana Tiriti: The Art of Protest and Partnership. Wellington, N.Z.: Haeata Māori Women’s Art Collective; Project Waitangi; Wellington City Art Gallery; Daphne Brasell, 1991. 57-59.
  • In her analysis of the growth of Māori political development, Prince asserts that ‘faithful reliance on Articles One, Two and Three of the Treaty’ will never foster Māori nationhood because the Treaty was ‘a device to facilitate colonisation by ‘legal’ means.’ She also contends that ‘decentralised iwi development’ is also ‘not necessarily the answer’. She advocates, instead, a Marxist stance whereby Māori broaden the ‘political base to unite the race struggle with the class struggle within the country...’.
  • "Diane Prince." Takaparawhau: The Peoples Story: 1998 Bastion Point 20 Year Commemoration Book. Ed. Sharon Hawke. Auckland, N.Z.: Moko, 1998. 32-34.
  • This is one of 35 non-fiction accounts of memories and reminiscences of the occupation of Bastion Point.


  • "Strokes And Art Attacks." Broadsheet 170 (1989): 39.
  • "Prince Show." The Press [Christchurch]14 June 1989: 21.
  • Ramsden, Irahapeti. "Robyn Kahukiwa and Diane Prince: after Mana Tiriti." Art New Zealand 59 (1991): 72-75.
  • 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. 26.
  • Reviews

  • Nathan, Jenny. "Whakapohane." Race Gender Class 2 (1985): 67.