Part one of four from this full length television programme.
Part two of four from this full length television programme.
Part three of four from this full length television programme.
Part four of four from this full length television programme.
In the 1950s thousands of Pacific Islanders came to Aotearoa to meet a labour shortage. They faced racism, and in the 1970s, notorious dawn raids by police. In 1971 a group of young gang members and students set up the Polynesian Panthers to stand up for the rights of the Pasifika community. They ran food co-ops, homework centres, and lobbied for support services. In this Dan Salmon-directed documentary, presenter Nevak Rogers explores the inspirations, events (Bastion Point, Springbok Tour) and legacy of the movement co-founded by her uncle Will 'llolahia.
We were just exuberant voices yelling out in the dark.– Tigilau Ness
Bill Birch and Robert Muldoon photo: The Evening Post Collection, EP/1980/3341-F, courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library
Dawn Raid poster by Herbert Otto Roth, courtesy of Auckland Committee on Racism and Discrimination (ACCORD) & Alexander Turnbull Library (94-106-19/07-02)
Documentary made with funding from NZ On Air