The Dawn Raids - Educate to Liberate
Aotearoa NZ

The Dawn Raids - Educate to Liberate

  • Free
  • Community
  • Visual Arts
  • Polynesian Panthers 50th Anniversary Event

Documenting the courageous activities of the Polynesian Panthers and their fight for social justice, The Dawn Raids – Educate to Liberate highlights and acknowledges the group’s place in the social and cultural history of Aotearoa.

Using the setting of a typical 1970s Pacific Island family lounge room to look back at the dawn raid activities in New Zealand, the exhibition features original artworks; memorabilia and photographs from the dawn raid era; and informative, historical perspectives of the events drawn from extensive research and personal interviews undertaken by Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith, whose award-winning book My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid, published by Scholastic New Zealand in 2018, inspired the exhibition. 

The documentaries Dawn Raids (2005) and Polynesian Panthers (2010), will also screen in the gallery alongside these works.

Talk: In-depth with Pauline Smith and the Panthers RAPP
Featuring Polynesian panthers Tigilau Ness, Dr Melani Anae & Reverend Alec Toleafoa.

Friday 12 March 6pm

Registration is essential, please register HERE



Thu 25 Feb—Thu 25 March
Mon—Fri 10am-4.30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm

Opening night: Wed 24 Feb, 5pm-7pm

1 Ponsonby Rd
Grey Lynn



Header image
  • John Miller
  • 1972


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