At Orakei Marae on Auckland's Bastion Point, there is a simple philosophy at work: we survive if the land is cared for.
I'm not a natural protester, so when I took my children to march against mining in national parks it was my second personally significant demonstration. The first was when I was four and we lived close to and attended playgroup at Orakei Marae on Auckland's Bastion Point. This protest ended with a procession of army trucks snaking up the road in response to the pacifist stand by the Ngati Whatua when Rob Muldoon's National Government moved to sell off this prize piece of land to developers. This reserve, Whenua Rangatira, has since been returned to those who were then seen as radicals.
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