Arts & Music / 24 May, 2016
Merita Mita with editor Annie Collins Merita Mita with editor Annie Collins Jocelyn Carlin

Bastion Point doco gets digital life

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, the New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound, has digitally restored the late Merata Mita’s ground breaking Bastion Point documentary.

A copy of Merita Mita's documentary Bastion Point - Day 507 will be presented to Ngāti Whatua on Wednesday, the 38th anniversary of the day police and armed forces cleared protesters from Bastion Point-Takaparawhā, after a 506 day occupation.

Cinematographer Leon Narbey and co-director Gerd Pohlman will screen the film at Orakei Marae and explain the restoration process.

Honiana Love, the national film archive’s pou arahi, says taking the restoration back to the hapū is the right thing to do in the spirit of giving back and building relationships.

Sharon Hawke, the daughter of Bastion Point occupation leader Joe Hawke, says the film was not shown on New Zealand television until a decade after it was made.

She says the viewing is a tribute to Merata Mita, who fought hard to get the film finished.

Read more about the occupation of Takaparawhā here.

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