Te Matakite o Aotearoa & Bastion Point: Day 507
Te Matakite o Aotearoa, Geoff Steven, 1975
Geoff Steven’s powerful documentary of the 1975 Māori Land March. The march began on Sunday 13 September 1975 from Kapo Wairua and from Te Hapua Marae, New Zealand's northern-most marae. It ended at the Parliament buildings in Wellington one month later. The march protested the continuing alienation of land and explained the spiritual significance of land to Māori.
Bastion Point: Day 507, Merata Mita, Leon Narbey and Gerd Pohlman, 1980
The film documents the occupation of Bastion Point in the struggle for Māori land rights. The protest began in 1977 when the government proposed to subdivide Māori land in the centre of Auckland. Ngāti Whātua people occupied the land, built living areas, and planted crops. The film concentrates on the 507th day of occupation, when the protesters were forcibly evicted by police. No other film crew was permitted in the occupied area.
Te Matakite o Aotearoa (1975) and Bastion Point: Day 507 (1980) screen in partnership with the exhibition Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide currently on at City Gallery, Wellington.