A new space opens up in Auckland Museum’s Māori Court. Not One More Acre! documents one of the most important political and indigenous events in New Zealand history.
The exhibition tells the story of the occupation at Takaparawhau (Bastion Point). The photos span two different occupations on the land during 1978 and 1982. The exhibition is shown, in part, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1982 occupation.
The display showcases the lives of those who came and went throughout the 506-day occupation. Candid photos tell the story of a living kaupapa-based Māori community fighting for their land. Iconic imagery illustrates our people’s fight for land stolen from them. Photos show houses and marae built alongside gardens that would nourish the occupiers. A sustainable community built on foundations of solidarity and aroha as the occupiers fought against a Muldoon government.
Not One More Acre! allows young Māori to place themselves in the historical past of their ancestors while allowing non-Māori to learn the cultural history and historical injustices Māori have faced.
A poignant reminder of the hardships our people have confronted in the face of adversity.
Not One More Acre! can be seen at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Entry is free for all NZ citizens.