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  1. Part one of five from this full length documentary.

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  3. Part three of five from this full length documentary.

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In 1977 protesters occupied Bastion Point, after the announcement of a housing development on land once belonging to Ngāti Whātua. 506 days later police and army arrived en masse, to remove them. This documentary examines the rich and tragic history of Bastion Point/ Takaparawhau — including how questionable methods were used to gradually take the land from Māori, while basic amenities were withheld those remaining. The doco features extensive interviews with protest leader Joe Hawke, and footage from seminal documentary Bastion Point Day 507


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 Bruce Morrison
 William Grieve
 Sharon Hawke

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 Tania Roxborogh

Tania Roxborogh

I am writing a children's novel for Scholastic set during the occupation of Bastion Point. There are conflicting accounts of the death of Joanne Hawke - some say 5 years old; others say 9. My main character is 12/13 during the time of the story and I would be very interested in speaking with any children who were part of the occupation. I have loads of newspaper clippings and most of the Tent Town bulletins and have seen the documentaries. The publishers are also keen for new photographs (as opposed to the ones which are quite familiar). Please email me (Tania) at Cherry-Blossom, I was very interested in your comment and would love to have you 'star' in the story if you keen (to be good friend of my character Erica)

 Cherry-Blossom Rameka

Cherry-Blossom Rameka

I lived on the point with my mum and dad, I was 12yrs and it was one of the best times of my life. I went to school every day, and with my cousins we all walked home to the point. I enjoyed helping my aunties in the kitchen because I was allowed to help and taste to see if it was good, and it was. My name is Cherry Rameka and my dad was uncle Mike Rameka. That part of my life was so uplifting and I will never ever forget the memories I have and there are many more.



I'm doing a report on the protest based on perspectives of the event. I'm of Ngati Whatua Orakei descent so I know our side and story. What I'm struggling with here is where to get Robert Muldoon's perspective. All I'm getting is he was opposed to returning the land to us and that the land was intended for high income housing. Is that it?

 john mcmorren

john mcmorren

does anyone know the name of that hymn that is sung just before some of the people are dragged away?

 ora pihema

ora pihema

My father is Ngati Whatua (ex SAS/NZ Army) and we were farming in Hangatiki (King Country) when his brother, my uncle Rewi rang him and told him what was happening at Bastion Point and how he was needed. My mother, sister Gordona and I were left to milk the cows while he was protesting alongside his Nga Puhi/ Ngati Whatua whanau. I rememeber watching him on tv being arrested and walking down the stairs on the way to the cells along with all the other arrested protesters. I rememebr they were all singing. I didn`t really know what it was all about and he didn`t say much about it when he got back, but then we were farming. I also protested with my father in Auckland regarding the new supercity council seats, in relation to Ngati Whatua not having Maori seats on the council. Arohamai

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