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Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa
Hilda Halkyard-Harawira has a reputation as a bold and fearless woman unafraid to fight for what she believes in. Since 1979, when she was part of the He Taua action group that confronted engineering students at Auckland University (and ultimately stopped their annual performance that parodied and insulted the haka Ka Mate), Halkyard-Harawira has been in the spotlight calling out racism and Treaty breaches whenever and wherever she sees them.
Halkyard-Harawira is part of Te Kawariki movement who, in 1990, organised a national Māori Flag Competition to provide a symbol of liberation and identity for Māori. The winning entry is now referred to as "the Tino Rangatiratanga Flag" and is regularly seen – notably it now flies alongside the national flag on the Auckland Harbour Bridge on Waitangi Day.
While her actions have not always be popular with the public, there is no doubt that through them Hilda Halkyard-Harawira has created awareness around the Treaty of Waitangi and has played a part in the development of consciousness raising for Māori and successive governments.
In this interview broadcast on Morning Report in 1991 Halkyard-Harawira discusses the upcoming hīkoi to, and protest at, Waitangi.
Read about the He Taua action in The Spinoff.
Image: Screengrab Te Karere, courtesy TVNZ.
Catalogue Reference 7595
Interviewer: Geoff Robinson, Morning Report, RNZ National