Between 1912 and 1951, Ngāti Whātua launched a stream of complaints and legal actions against sales. All failed.
In 1976, plans were announced to develop high-cost housing and parks on the land at Takaparawhau (Bastion Point) that the Crown had acquired. This sparked a protest by the Orakei Maori Action Committee, a group from the hapū. The group and their supporters occupied the point for 506 days before being evicted by a massive force of police and army.