Bastion point 40 years




Forty years ago, after 506 days of occupation, protesters faced off with members of the police, armed forces and the government over plans to build luxury housing on Ngāti Whātua ancestral land at Takaparawhau/Bastion Point, resulting in 222 arrests.
On Friday 25 May, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will mark the 40th anniversary of what has been called a defining moment in New Zealand history.
This year, the commemoration honours those who took part in the occupation; providing an opportunity to further reflect on the efforts of those who strove for Treaty settlement and a better future for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
The stand at Bastion Point is a prevailing benchmark for protest in Aotearoa, which led to the first successful retrospective claim hearing at the Waitangi Tribunal. It is a move that Joe Hawke, leader of the 1977 protest, has never regretted. I went onto the Point, not to invite an arrest, but to arrest a wrong, and 40 years on, all of Ngāti Whātua are benefiting from that stand”, he said.
Events planned for the day include:
6am                    Dawn Ceremony held at the Joannee Hawke Memorial, Bastion Point
10am                  Commemoration event at Orākei Marae, followed by hākari at 1pm
6pm                    40th Anniversary Concert at the Tuning Fork, Spark Arena including performers linked to the Bastion Point occupation. Further details to be announced.
Further commemoration events will take place over the month of May, giving all Aucklanders a chance to engage with the rich history of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in Tāmaki Makaurau.
17 May               Not one more acre! Photographic Exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum
During May        Ki Uta Photographic & Film Exhibition at Auckland Public Library
16,23,30 May    Bastion Point 40 years Anniversary Photographic Exhibition at Pearce Gallery, Parnell
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