Ngāti Whātua, mana whenua of this area, have an important commemoration coming up this month, to which everyone is welcome.
On Friday 25 May, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will mark the 40th anniversary of a defining moment in New Zealand history- the invasion in 1978 of Ngāti Whātua land at Bastion Point by government-ordered police and army troops.
They arrested Ngāti Whātua occupants as well as the others protesting with them against the seizure of the land by the government to sell for expensive housing development.This year, the commemoration honours those who took part in the occupation, and provides an opportunity to reflect on the efforts of those who strove for Treaty settlement and a better future for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.The stand at Bastion Point was a turning point even for many of us who were not involved in the occupation. Seeing on television Ngāti Whātua elders being dragged off Bastion Point by the police sickened and angered us, and made us determined to do more to fight racism and help pakeha to understand the injustices still being suffered by Maori.
Events planned for Friday 25 May include:6am Dawn Ceremony held at the Joannee Hawke Memorial, Bastion Point10am Commemoration event at Orākei Marae, followed by hākari at 1pm6pm 40th Anniversary Concert at the Tuning Fork, Spark Arena including performers linked to the Bastion Point occupation. Further details to be announced.
Further events during May, will give all Aucklanders a chance to engage with the rich history of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in Tāmaki Makaurau:.From 17 May Not one more acre! Photographic Exhibition Auckland War Memorial MuseumDuring May Ki Uta Photographic & Film Exhibition Auckland Public LibraryWed 16-Sat 19, Wed 23-Sat 26 May, 10am-3pm, & conversations 6pm Wed 23 & Wed 30 MayBastion Point 40 years Anniversary Photographic ExhibitionWhitecliffe College’s Pearce Gallery, 130 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell.