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Dawn Raids

Television (Full Length) – 2005

PG
Parental Guidance

This documentary chronicles a shameful passage in New Zealand race relations: the controversial mid-70s raids on the homes and workplaces of alleged Pacific Island overstayers. Director Damon Fepulea’i examines its origins in Pacific Island immigration during full employment in the 1960s, when a blind eye was turned to visa restrictions. As times got tougher, that policy changed to include random street checks by police, despite official denials. Resistance by activists and media coverage helped end a policy which has had a long term effect on the Pacific Island community.

The dawn raids were shameful, because in essence they set out to pick up anybody who didn’t look like a Pākehā or palangi New Zealander. They swooped on people who were Māori, they swooped on many Pasifika people who had absolutely lawful residence in New Zealand, may even have been born here...
– Helen Clark

Key Cast & Crew

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Rachel Jean

Producer

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Damon Fepulea'i

Director, Editor

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Oscar Kightley

Subject

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Hamish Hill

Post-Production

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Glenn Clough

Sound Mix

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Teresa Ngau-Chun

Translator

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Produced by

Isola Productions

Source

Isola Productions

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