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The Dawn Raids – Educate to liberate exhibition

Diversity Fest

Date: Monday, September 30, 2019 to Friday, October 18, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: Matariki Gallery

In the mid-1970s, people from the Pacific Islands were targeted by the New Zealand Government and scapegoated for the economic crisis of the time. The Government introduced the practice of dawn raids, allowing police and immigration officials to break into the homes of Pacific Island people in the early hours of the morning and demand proof of residency, permits, and passports. This was a terrifying and humiliating experience for many people. Powerful and insightful, The Dawn Raids – Educate to Liberate seeks to inform and educate others about a little-known event in New Zealand history.