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Story of Ihumā​tao land protest wins photography award

29 October 2018

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The photographer of a six-image documentary series about the land protest in Ihumātao near Auckland airport, has been recognised at the country's top photography awards. 

A 'Kaitiaki Village' was set up on the contested land to serve as a base for the campaign against the housing development. Photo/ Qiane Matata-Sipu.


Māori and Cook Islands photographer Qiane Matata-Sipu won the Progear Photostory Award at the 2018 New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year Awards.

The people of Ihumātao have been in protest in the last few years against building plans for the area. 

Matata-Sipu has spent the last 10 years observing the changes in Ihumātao and its community's fight for indigenous and environmental rights.

Listen to full interview on Pacific Breakfast:

Whānau and community members set up a makeshift camp on the side of the road to watch over the land. Photo/ Qiane Matata-Sipu.
Waimarie McFarland looks out towards the whenua and her tūpuna maunga, Te Puketaapapatanga a Hape. Photo/ Qiane Matata-Sipu.
Rhythm Awheto, playing in the fields, overturns a placard anticipating future action on the land. Photo/ Qiane Matata-Sipu.
Kuia Betty King and Rebecca Hobbs inside a shed that has been transformed into a visitor’s centre by members of SOUL. The space has welcomed hundreds of guests, from school groups and families, to international visitors, giving tours of the land and sharing the messages of the the campaign. Photo/ Qiane Matata-Sipu.
Pania Newton, the face of the SOUL campaign, with Kuia Mavis Roberts, sits by the campfire at kaitiaki village with whanau and friends.

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