I've been vaguely aware of the ongoing occupation at Ihumātao for a couple of years now, but when things escalated in recent weeks, it did so from the palm of my hand.

Scrolling through Instagram, I started seeing pleas for help and calls for donations and bodies at the front lines, protecting the land from a planned Fletcher Building subdivision.

First they needed food and water, then blankets and shelter, and as they got settled, calls for more specific items came through; paper plates, cutlery, socks, beanies.


It was already cold, but it was getting colder and while hundreds