A report on Bastion Point and Ōrākei

Bastion Point seen from the fishing pier jutting out into the Waitematā Harbour.
A marae on Takaparawhau in the 1890s.
The entrance to Ōrākei Marae
Bastion Point activist campaign at Nambassa alternatives festival 1981.
The Michael Joseph Savage Memorial
Grave and memorial near Bastion Point.
The entrance to Ōrākei Marae, the cultural hub for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Takaparawhau / Bastion Point is a coastal piece of land in Ōrākei, Auckland, New Zealand, overlooking the Waitematā Harbour.

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Takaparawhau / Bastion Point is a coastal piece of land in Ōrākei.

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Bastion Point seen from the fishing pier jutting out into the Waitematā Harbour.

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The entrance to Ōrākei Marae, the cultural hub for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

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Auckland-based Māori hapū in New Zealand.

Auckland-based Māori hapū in New Zealand.

The entrance to Ōrākei Marae, the cultural hub for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
The entrance to Ōrākei Marae, the cultural hub for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

The 700-acre Ōrākei block was all that remained.

In the 1970s Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei played a leading role in a dispute over vacant land at Bastion Point / Takaparawhau, east of the Auckland city centre, adjoining the suburb of Ōrākei.

A view of the Waitematā Harbour looking nort-west towards the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Waitematā Harbour

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A view of the Waitematā Harbour looking nort-west towards the Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Auckland City skyline from the Waitematā Harbour
The eastern edge of Herne Bay, one of the wooded beach reserves typical of the harbour.
A container ship sailing out of the harbour
The Auckland waterfront, one of the most popular areas of Waitematā Harbour
A sketch by John Johnson (1794-1848) of Waitematā Harbour as seen from the suburb of Ponsonby
Waitematā Harbour with the Sky Tower and Maungawhau / Mount Eden (behind Sky Tower) in the centre, as seen from the North Shore somewhere between Bayswater Marina (left) and the Harbour Bridge (out of frame, to the right).

Its entrance is between North Head and Bastion Point in the south.

Prior to European settlement, the harbour was the site of many Tāmaki Māori pā and kāinga, including Kauri Point in Chatswood, Okā at Point Erin, Te Tō at Freemans Bay, Te Ngahuwera, Te Rerenga-oraiti at Point Britomart, and Ōrākei.

Lower Northland Peninsula

Ngāti Whātua

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Māori iwi of the lower Northland Peninsula of New Zealand's North Island.

Māori iwi of the lower Northland Peninsula of New Zealand's North Island.

Lower Northland Peninsula
Lower Northland Peninsula

Ngāti Whātua came to national prominence in the 1970s in a dispute over vacant land at Bastion Point, a little way east of the Auckland city centre, adjoining the suburb of Ōrākei.

Kohimarama

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Coastal residential Auckland suburb, located to the east of the city.

Coastal residential Auckland suburb, located to the east of the city.

Looking west over the Eastern Beaches, Kohimarama in the middle distance. The three beaches are: in the foreground St Heliers, then Kohimarama, lastly Mission Bay.
Kohimarama
Kohimarama beach and Tamaki Drive
Sunrise on 1 May 2009
Kohimarama

Local government of Kohimarama is the responsibility of the Ōrākei Local Board, which also includes the suburbs of Ōrākei, Mission Bay, St Heliers, Glendowie, St Johns, Meadowbank, Remuera and Ellerslie.

Kohimarama was the original Māori name for Bastion Point which is now named Takaparawhau by owners Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Early activism over the issue of sporting contacts with apartheid South Africa

Māori protest movement

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Broad indigenous-rights movement in New Zealand .

Broad indigenous-rights movement in New Zealand .

Early activism over the issue of sporting contacts with apartheid South Africa
Whina Cooper leads the Māori Land March through Hamilton in 1975
Moutoa Gardens in Whanganui. Seen in this photo: the Kemp Monument, the Māori War Memorial, the School Memorial and the Moutoa Monument.
Huntly and the Waikato, New Zealand 1991
The foreshore and seabed hikoi outside Parliament
Tame Iti at gallery opening 13 October 2009
Annette Sykes
Approximate area of the Urewera mountain range.
Tino Rangatiratanga flag

Bastion Point in Auckland was originally part of a large area of land owned by Ngāti Whātua.

When the Waitangi Tribunal was given the power to investigate historical grievances, this the Ōrākei claim covering the Bastion Point area was one of the first cases for investigation.