The Bastion Point occupation was one of the most important protests in the struggle for Māori land rights in New Zealand. The protest began in 1977 when the government proposed to subdivide Māori land in the Bastion Point region of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. The Ngāti Whātua tribe resisted these plans and occupied the site for 506 days. This film concentrates on day 507, when the protesters were forcibly evicted by a force of 800 military and police. No other film crew was permitted in the occupied area.
Bastion Point – Day 507 courtesy of the Merata Mita Estate, Leon Narbey, Gerd Pohlmann, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and the Hawke whanau From material preserved and made available by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision