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