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Polynesian Panthers

Television (Full Length) – 2010

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 Party 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, the 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

Key Cast & Crew

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Nevak Rogers

Presenter, Co-Producer

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Dan Salmon

Director, Writer

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Kay Ellmers

Producer

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Ben Freedman

Additional Photography

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Tipene Rogers

Sound Recordist

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Phil Woollams

Sound Mix

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Acknowledgements

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

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