The Voyager’s Legacy
The Dawn Raids of 1974-76 were a time when the New Zealand Police
were instructed by the government to enter homes and/or stop people
on the street and ask for permits, visas, passports – anything that proved a person’s right to be in the country. This blunt instrument was applied almost exclusively to Pacific Islanders, despite the bulk
of overstayers at the time being from Europe or North America. Dr
Melani Anae describes these raids as ‘the most blatantly racist attack on Pacific peoples by the New Zealand government in New Zealand’s history.
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