A Piece Of New Zealand History – The ’70s Dawn Raids

I won’t do too much writing here except direct you guys to this documentary that defined a major part of NZ history.

The Dawn Raids of the 1970s. Polynesians were welcomed to the land of milk and honey, New Zealand in a booming economy of the late 1960s. Immigration laws were relaxed to help fill the factories. The production and manufacturing industries were booming and polynesians were invited to help fill them. From their point of view, it was a prime opportunity to come to a new land, learn a new cultural experience, but most importantly, the chance to earn an income and help the families in their respective homelands.

Enough from me, enjoy the documentary.

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Born and bred in New Zealand with samoan heritage.. For a major part of my life, i have been able to do 2 things that have given much joy, as a musician, travelling the country and performing at all sorts of gigs, from large church conventions to sports bars, clubs, corporate functions, school balls etc and sport, having the chance to play rugby, league, basketball and volleyball,, and now for a new challenge, writing blogs 🙂 and staying on that yellow brick road 🙂

3 thoughts on “A Piece Of New Zealand History – The ’70s Dawn Raids

  1. After watching this documentary i just got an idea of what it would be like if one of my families were part of the Dawn Raids!!! 🙁 … it really sad to see how our peoples are being treated like this getting pick on it cause your a ” BROWNIES” …. i mean not just to Samoan people but also to Tongans, Fijians….. it just to sad :(…… …. <3

  2. Thank u overstayer for this vid, it was really interesting. Especially the part where they were dawn raiding the ministers?? LMAO! thanks for this vid!

  3. One of the interesting things about the situation with the Dawn Raids.. is the orchestrated campaign by the govenrment of the time to oust the very people they encouraged to come to New Zealand. NZ society became polarized.. this wasnt maori vs pakeha… but rather “New Zealanders” vs “Brownies”.. If you were brown skinned.. wore jandals and a aloha/floral tshirt.. you were going to be targeted and unjustifiably scrutinised..

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