Queenie Rawinia Rikihana-Hyland

Ngāti Raukawa, Te Āti Awa

1948 -

Queenie Rikihana-Hyland was born in Otaki and was educated at Otaki Primary School and Otaki College. She completed a Wellington Polytech Journalism Course in 1967. She subsequently worked as a journalist at the Wairarapa Times in 1968 and The Dominion from She travelled to London in 1972 and worked as an editorial assistant for The Sunday Telegraph. From 1974-78 she was a feature writer for LT News, London Transport’s house newspaper. In 1976 she married Michael Scott Hyland and in 1982 returned to New Zealand where she became involved with Kohanga Reo in Rotorua. In 1983 she moved back to Otaki and in 1985 began writing once again. During this time, she wrote a book review for the Sunday Times and several articles for the Listener. In 1987 she began working as a full-time senior journalist for The Chronicle; was the Otaki reporter for The Chronicle from She started a weekly Māori column called "Huihuinga" in 1987; she still writes for this column which deals with Māori news in the Bulls-Porirua area.

In 1987 Rikihana-Hyland was chosen to represent the Listener at the Vancouver Film Festival and CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) in Vancouver. From 1988-1991, she was appointed to sit on the Board of Radio New Zealand. In 1990 she worked briefly with Mana Māori Radio news and also wrote for the local community newspaper in Otaki. Rikihana-Hyland has been involved with interviewing Māori women about their World War II experiences for the Oral History Archive. She has also led Maccess courses and trained journalists in Otaki. She is aiming to establish an iwi newspaper for the three iwi of Raukawa, Te Ati Awa and Ngāti Toa Rangātira. She is very involved with her Iwi Runanga - Te Runanga o Raukawa and is the Runanga Whaiti (executive) member for her hapu Ngāti Koroki. Since 1982 she has been a member of Nga Puna Waihanga.

Biographical sources

  • Interview with Queenie Rikihana-Hyland in her Otaki home on 31 Aug. 1992.
  • Queenie Rikihana-Hyland’s Curriculum Vitae.


  • "Kiwi forged path as an editor of Financial times." Dominion post, (27 Dec 2014): B3.
  • Co-author Barrie Watts. Profiles life of Stephanie Gray.
  • Children's literature

  • Turongo and Mahinarangi. Retold by Wena Hawawira. Illus. Zak Waipara. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, 1997.
  • Kopuwai The Monster. Illus. Zak Waipara. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, 1998.
  • The Creation. Illus. Zak Waipara. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, 1998.
  • Non-fiction

  • "Whakatu Meets Patea." Listener 14 Mar. 1987: 19-22.
  • "Annual Pilgrimage." "Listener 8 Aug. 1987: 36+.
  • Rikihana-Hyland provides a vivid description of the great variety of activities, ideas, humour and networking that occurs during the Nga Puna Waihanga annual hui and she specifically focuses on the 1987 hui held at Waahi Marae in Huntly.
  • "’Ngati’ Gets A Welcome." Listener 19 Dec. 1987. 44-45.
  • "A Thing Of Shame." The NI: New Internationalist 186 (Aug. 1988): 14.
  • About the Kohanga Reo movement in New Zealand.
  • "Dancing Space." Listener 21 Jan. 1991: 74-75.
  • "Their Dream Come True." Next 18 (Aug. 1992): 50-54.
  • "Viewpoint: Healing After Tragedy." Listener & TV Times 12 Sept. 1992: 7.
  • Rikihana discusses the healing and grieving processes which follows death or tragedy citing examples of tangi and unveilings in the Māori community and other cultural responses to death.
  • "Māori Women’s War Memories - World War II Oral History Project." Otaki Historical Society Historical Journal 15 (1992): 22-26.
  • An account of some of the war time memories of Theresa Rikihana, Tohe Bell, Kiripuai Te Aomarere, Jean Andrews and Martha Davies, living along the Kapiti Coast as part of an Oral History Archive project on New Zealand women’s perspective of World War II.
  • "Back To The Bay." Listener 31 July 1993: 40-41.
  • "The Media, Māori and Moutoa." Kia Hiwa Ra: National Māori Newspaper (May 1995): 303-304.
  • "Installation Art Work A Powerful Piece." Kia Hiwa Ra: National Māori Newspaper (July 1995): 327.
  • "Gritty Theatre." Southern Skies (July 1995): 14.
  • "Rangiatea Church Razed By Fire." Kia Hiwa Ra: National Māori Newspaper (Nov. 1995): 3628.
  • "Are We Being Served And By Who?" Kia Hiwa Ra: National Māori Newspaper (Feb. 1996): 387-388.
  • "Ra Awatea Rikihana." Historical Journal (Otaki Historical Society) 19 (1996): 69-70.
  • "Amy Mihi Brown 1940-1996." ibid. 70-71.
  • Obituary of Amy Brown 1940-1996.
  • "Talented Writer Will Be Missed." Chronicle (Levin) 11 July 1996: 13.
  • "Multi-talented Author Dies Suddenly." Kia Hiwa Ra: National Māori Newspaper (Aug. 1996): 4432.
  • "Respected Otaki Kaumatua Passes Away." Chronicle (Levin) 8 Aug. 1996: 2.
  • "Passions." Te Ukaipo 1 (Dec. 1999): 50-56.
  • Co-authored with James Clifford Simpson.
  • "Dear Doctor." Historical Journal (Otaki Historical Society) 24 (2002): 34-35.
  • About Gertrude Atmore nee Applegate.
  • "Inia Te Wiata’s Rikihana Whanau Connection." Historical Journal (Otaki Historical Society) 24 (2002): 45-46.
  • [Obituary]. Historical Journal (Otaki Historical Society) 27 (2005): 68-69.
  • About Miki Rikihana 1952-2005.
  • "JP held many roles of selfless service." Dominion post (13 Jul 2013): C6.
  • "The day our beloved creek turned white." Historical journal (Otaki Historical Society) 37 (2015): 14-17.
  • Other

  • Paki Waitara: Myths & Legends of the Māori. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, 1997.
  • Illustrated Māori Myths and Legends. Illus. Patrick Puru. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, c. 2003. Rpt. in The Reed Treasury of New Zealand Children’s Books. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, c. 2007.
  • Manawa Hine: Women Who Swam Against The Tide. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, 2006.
  • "Te Manewha and Te Rauparaha." Historical journal (Otaki Historical Society) 37 (2015): 17.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • "Music and gardening a way of life for Paddy Rikihana." Historical journal (Otaki Historical Society) 34 (2012): 63-64.
  • Reviews

  • Rev. of Ngāti’s premiere at Vancouver. Infilm (Jan. 1988).
  • Alan Wells and Queenie Rikihana. "Dance-drama." Rev. of Wahine Toa – A Celebration of Māori Women, Taki Rua Depot Theatre, Wellington. Listener 12 Dec. 1992: 43-45.
  • "Musicians Launch CD." Rev. of Te Ku Te Whe, a CD by Richard Nunns and Hirini Melbourne. Kia Hiwa Ra: National Māori Newspaper (July 1994): 211.
  • "Theatre Is Onto A Winner." Rev. of Nga Tangata Toa = The Warrior People, by Hone Kouka, Taki Rua, Wellington. Kia Hiwa Ra: National Māori Newspaper (July 1994): 212/
  • "Ewing Tackles Role With Devilish Delight." Rev. of Whaea Kairau – Mother Hundred Eater, by Apirana Taylor, featuring Barbara Ewing. Kia Hiwa Ra: National Māori Newspaper (July 1995): 3211.


  • New Zealand Who’s Who Aotearoa. Ed. Alister Taylor. Vol. 1. Auckland, N.Z.: New Zealand Who’s Who Aotearoa, 1992: 243.
  • Paki, Kuiarangi. "Giving A Voice To Local Body Elections." Tu Mai: Offering An Indigenous New Zealand Perspective 57 (Sept. 2004): 8-10.
  • Rikihana, Matt. "Writer Launches Māori Legend Book." Chronicle (Levin) 3 May 1997: 3.
  • Kedian, Margaret (and others). "Book Reviews." Magpies: Talking About Books For Children 18.5 (Nov. 2003): sup. 6-8.