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Dawn Raids Television – 2005 Documentary

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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.

Key Cast & Crew

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Rachel Jean

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Tarx Morrison

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Simon Maddox

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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.
- Ross Dallow (Former Police Task Force Commander)

Produced by

Isola Productions

Source

Isola Productions

Rights

Isola Productions is the rights-holder for this title.

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air.