Hikoi Takutai Moana passed through Tamaki Makaurau / Auckland today, March 16.
100 people gathered at the bottom of Queen Street, with the march swelling to nearer 200 as it made its way slowly up Auckland’s main drag.
Speakers emphasised that an important reason for opposing old (Labour) and new (National) versions of the seabed and foreshore laws both was to protect the moana from mining and oil drilling.
It is worth remembering that many now iconic struggles, such as the protests of Nga Tama Toa or the occupations at Raglan and Bastion Point were initiated by small groups, who were dismissed by many Maori leaders of the day.
Although small in number, the hikoi was large in spirit and voice, the sound of wiata and haka echoing off the high-rises. No doubt the political reverberations will still be heard on election day and beyond.