Radio531 PI Flower Talanoa

Radio531 PI Flowers

Exhibition marks 40th anniversary of Bastion Point eviction

17 May 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Io Aleke-Fa'avae -

The unlawful eviction of more than 400 occupants from Takaparawhau 40 years ago in Auckland, will be honoured in an exhibition at the museum officially opening tomorrow.

Ngāti Whātua occupation of Bastion Point. Photo/ AWMM.

The photographic exhibition Not One More Acre! will showcase the stories of protestors at Takaparawhau (Bastion Point) in 1978 at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

The occupation of Takaparawhau was due to an announcement made by the government in 1977 to build expensive houses.

The occupants were evicted after 506 days of peaceful protest.

Niuean activist Tigilau Ness commends the exhibition and says it recognises the actions that took place to fight against injustice.

"It was a movement of people. Māori people asked for help. The council and government at the time were going to confiscate their land."

"I went up there to represent Niue. I know that we are fighters. If that happened to Niue I’m sure people would support the rightful ownership of land," he says.

"I also belong to the Polynesian Panther movement a Pan Pacific organisation. We believed in fighting against racism and oppression of people and we saw that it was happening up there."

Mr Ness was one of the protesters who were arrested.

"I still have my arresting paper I kept it because its history."