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Dawn raids on Pacific Islanders

In this clip from the 2005 documentary film Dawn raids, Roger Fowler of the People's Union and Will 'Ilolahia, a founder of the Polynesian Panther Movement, discuss their work as activists in the 1970s, advising Polynesian immigrants of their rights in dealing with the police. It was the era of the 'dawn raids', when the police were actively trying to track down immigrants who had overstayed their work visas. Their focus on Pacific Islanders raised the human-rights question of whether the authorities were discriminating against people of particular ethnicities or national origins.

Courtesy of Isola Productions

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Reference: Dawn Raids. Producer, Rachel Jean; director, Damon Fepulea'i. Isola Productions Ltd, 2005

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Paul Rishworth, 'Human rights - Legal protection for human rights', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Paul Rishworth, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 28 Jun 2016