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Te Matakite o Aotearoa & Bastion Point: Day 507

When:

Fri 28 Oct 2016, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Sat 29 Oct 2016, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession Admission: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

"Te Matakite o Aotearoa" (1975) screens alongside "Bastion Point: Day 507" (1980). It's UNESCO's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October, and for the whole week, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will be showcasing recent preservation work.

"Te Matakite o Aotearoa" - (Geoff Steven, 1975).

He pakipūmeka mo te hikoi mai Kapo Wairua Muriwhenua tae atu ki Te Whanganui-ā-Tara. Ko te ūpoko mō tēnei hikoi ko Whina Cooper. Ka timata tēnei hikoi hei te rā tekau mā toru o Māhuru 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.

Behind the scenes we witness the organisation of the march; its spiritual significance and the physical hardships; each marae visited, the arrival at Parliament and the presentation of the Memorial of Rights petition.

"It is particularly pleasing to see that it is still attracting audiences all these years later and has the opportunity to show a new generation, the special atmosphere and spirit that surrounded that important New Zealand event." – Geoff Stevens

“Bastion Point: Day 507" - (Merata Mita, Leon Narby and Gerd Pohlman, 1980).

I noho a Ngāti Whātua me ngā tāngata tautoko i a rātou, ki runga i te whenua e kiia nei ko Takaparawhau, arā, Bastion Point, mā ngā rā 507. Ka whiua atu e te kawanatanga he tokomaha pirihimana kia riro atu te tangata whenua. He whawhai rongonui tēnei nā Ngāti Whātua kia whakahokia ō rātou whenua kāinga, nā rātou i tū kaha, ka tere tautoko ētehi atu o ngā iwi ki a rātou.

Nā wai rā ka hokia tērā wā kainga ki te iwi.

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.

“This film is the total opposite of how a television documentary is made. It has a partisan viewpoint, is short on commentary, and emphasises the overkill aspect of the combined police/military operation. It is a style of documentary that I have never deviated from because it best expresses a Māori approach to film making.” – Merata Mita.

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