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This documentary chronicles a shameful passage in NZ race relations: the controversial mid-70s raids on the homes of alleged Pacific Island overstayers. Director Damon Fepulea’i examines its origins in Pacific Island immigration during full employment in the 1960s when officialdom turned a blind eye to visa restrictions. As times got tougher, that policy changed and also led to random street stopping by police — before resistance by activists and media questioning helped to end a policy which has had a long term effect on the Pacific Island community.

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 Damon Fepulea'i
 Rachel Jean
 Tarx Morrison

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hi thanks for the awesome documentary, it really helped me with my school assignment, i feel that this information lead me into success and just finding out something interesting about our people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Thank you for making this documentary. As shameful as these chapter in our history was,we must never forget this.



that got to me very emotional ,

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good job with the documentary............ choice man



Good job

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Very much was made of the word 'dawn raids'. Just remember - these young fellows were working in the freezing works, heading off to work at 5 or 6 in the morning. They were on long shifts and that was the only time we could get them. 
The dawn raids were shameful because, in essence, they set out to pick up anyone who didn’t look like a pakeha or palangi New Zealander. They swooped on on people who were Maori, they swooped on many Pasifika people who had absolutely lawful residence in New Zealand. 
It was a painful time to be a Pacific Islander in New Zealand I don't think it's something we should hide from.