Reclaiming Bastion Point - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Bastion Point in the Video tab.

After European settlement of Auckland, the lands of the Ngāti Whātua tribe were gradually whittled away, and the harbourside area of Bastion Point was taken by the Crown for defence purposes. A 1977 government plan to develop expensive housing on Bastion Point prompted a 506-day occupation by the tribe and supporters.

Bastion Point protesters evicted

Ngāti Whātua
Bastion Point protest
Bastion Point
Michael Joseph Savage

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number MPT 1914).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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