Merata Mita <Bastion Point: Day 507</em> film still 1980. Image courtesy of the artist and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Mita Whānau, Leon Narbey, and Pohlman Production

Merata Mita film still 1980. Image courtesy of the artist and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Mita Whānau, Leon Narbey, and Pohlman Production

No Complaints: Films by Merata Mita - Bastion Point: Day 507

  • Sun 12 Mar 2017
  • 2—2:30PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry
  • All welcome
  • Booking essential
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rating: exempt

Mita’s documentary follows the 507th and last day of the Bastion Point occupation when 600 police arrested 222 people

Filmed in 1978 during the Bastion Point occupation, Bastion Point: Day 507 is one of Mita’s earliest films.

Bastion Point, or Takaparawha, is a piece of coastal land in Ōrākei, Auckland. In the 1970s it became part of a very public battle over ownership rights between Māori—specifically Ngāti Whātua—and the Crown following decades of confiscation by the government since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

In 1977, Joe Hawke and the Ōrākei Māori Action Committee led an occupation of Bastion Point. Mita’s documentary follows the 507th and last day of occupation when 600 police arrested 222 members of the occupation and evicted the rest in what was, according to Ranginui Walker, ‘the most powerful show of state force against Maori people since the dismemberment of Parihaka in 1881’.

NZ, 1980, Colour, 27 mion., Rating exempt
Dir. Merata Mita, Leon Narbey, Gerd Pohlmann

No Complaints presents a selection of films by Merata Mita (1941-2010, Ngāti Pikiao) – a filmmaker, writer and activist known for capturing a politically turbulent Aotearoa New Zealand on film.

Special thanks to Tania Loughlin at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust, and the Mita whānau for their support in developing this programme.


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Gil Hanly <em>Merata Mita</em> c.1983/84. Image courtesy of the artist

Gil Hanly Merata Mita c.1983/84. Image courtesy of the artist

Gil Hanly <em>Merata Mita editing Patu!</em> 1983. Image courtesy of the artist

Gil Hanly Merata Mita editing Patu! 1983. Image courtesy of the artist

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