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.
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.- Ross Dallow (Former Police Task Force Commander)
Isola Productions is the rights-holder for this title.
Made with funding from NZ On Air.