Helen Elizabeth Clark was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, in 1950. She attended Epsom Girls Grammar School in Auckland and then studied at Auckland University. She graduated with MA (Hons) in 1974. Her MA and PhD thesis research was on rural political behaviour and representation. She was a junior lecturer in political studies in Auckland from 1973-75, studied abroad on a University Grants Committee post-graduate scholarship in 1976, and then lectured in political studies at Auckland from 1977 until her election to Parliament in 1981. Between 1984 and 1987, Helen Clark was chair of the foreign affairs and defense select committee, an office that allowed her to become the principle architect of New Zealand's nuclear-free policy. The Bush US administration was so rankled by the policy – New Zealand was the first nation on the face of the earth to declare itself nuclear-free – that in response it downgraded the status of New Zealand from ally to friend.
Since winning the November 27, 1999 general election, Prime Minister Helen Clark, proud of New Zealand's "record in the vanguard of the nuclear disarmament movement," has pledged that her government will continue to forge strong alliances with other non- nuclear states in order to create a world free of nuclear weapons. In her foreword to the book, The Naked Nuclear Emperor, by Robert Green, Helen Clark right honorably writes:
Ms. Clark is the third politician to receive a Nuclear-Free Future Award, after Stewart Udall, former US-Secretary of Interior (1999), and MP Hans-Joseph Fell of Germany (2001).
is presented by the
Franz Moll Foundation
for the Coming Generations
for installing New Zealand
at the forefront of the
world political movement
to rid the earth of nuclear weapons