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Doc Edge 2019 Presents: Ngā Taonga Double Feature

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Doc Edge Festival 2019 in association with RNZ presents a series of documentary screenings at the auditorium at The Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, as part of the 2019 Auckland Festival, May 31 - June 9.

Doc Edge is proud to partner with Ngā Taonga to present two recently-preserved and digitally-restored documentaries of national historical importance. Be the first to see two of NZ's most important films digitally-restored.

Te Matakite o Aotearoa / The Māori Land March
NZ | 1975 | 60 mins | English | Dir. Geoff Steven

An observational account of Te Rāpā o Te Matakite (‘Those with Foresight’) protest march from Te Hāpua Marae in the Far North to the gates of Parliament in Wellington. Dame Whina Cooper was the charismatic leader whose cry “Not One More Acre” inspired the 1975 hīkoi sometimes referred to as the Māori Land March.

Fifty marchers left Te Hāpua on 14 September for the 1000-km walk to Wellington. Led by 79-year-old Cooper, the hīkoi quickly grew in strength. As it approached towns and cities, local people joined to offer moral support. The marchers stopped overnight at different marae, on which Cooper led discussions about the purpose of the march. About 5000 marchers arrived at Parliament and presented a petition signed by 60,000 people to Prime Minister Bill Rowling.

This early Geoff Steven documentary includes interviews with many on the march, including Eva Rickard, Tama Poata and Cooper herself. There is stirring evidence of Cooper’s oratory skills.

The small film crew captured the behind-the-scenes organisation of the coalition of Māori groups required and the spiritual significance of the journey protesting alienation of Māori land. The intricately carved pou whenua that was held upright throughout the journey became symbolic of the perpetual nature of the land protests – a fight that will not cease: “Where one dies there will always be one to replace”.

Bastion Point: Day 507
NZ | 1980 | 27 mins | English | Dir. Merata Mita, Leon Narbey, Gerd Pohlmann

A landmark depiction of the eviction of protestors from Takaparawhau (Bastion Point).

From 5 January 1977 until 25 May 1978, Ngāti Whātua reclaimed the land, building living areas and planting crops. On the 507th day, 222 protestors, who were engaged in non-violent resistance, were arrested by 600 police and army officers.

Many Aucklanders were shocked to hear on the radio news that morning that Prime Minister Robert Muldoon had reportedly sent tanks (in fact army trucks) down the motorway towards Takaparawhau / Bastion Point to support the police in their raid. The government had been planning to sell the confiscated Māori land, the most valuable real estate in Tāmaki Makarau, to the highest-bidding developers for them to build and profit from high-cost housing for the wealthy.

The occupation was one of the most significant events in modern-day Māori protest.

For more about the occupation of Bastion Point / Takaparawhau, watch the 1999 TV documentary: Bastion Point – The Untold Story, available at NZ On Screen.

Part of Doc Edge Festival 2019, visit for more information & the complete 2019 Festival Programme

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