Week 7 Blog Tasks

ONE: Identify one key point and/or theme from the Week 7 lecture. Find an academic source (not the lecture itself, but the source may be one that is cited in the lecture) for that key point/theme. Paraphrase the academic source text relating to the key point/theme. Remember to accurately reference the source using the MLA style (50 words).  

A key point discussed during the Week 7 lecture was the misrepresentation and racism towards Pacific Islanders in New Zealand during the early 1970’s. Melani Anae explains how ‘’police and immigration authorities victimised Pacific Islanders whom they suspected of abusing the terms of their visas, evolved after record levels of immigration from the islands’’. (Anae 221). During this time period, Pacific Islanders were migrating to New Zealand in huge numbers in search for work. New Zealanders did not approve of the influx of islanders moving to New Zealand because they were beginning to take employment away from the pakeha, this tension resulted in dawn raids and violent protest.

Anae, Melani. ‘’All Power to the People – Overstayers, Dawn Raids, and the Polynesian Panthers’’. Tangata o le Moana. In Mallon, S., Mahina-Tuai, K., and Salesa, D. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa, 2012. 220-239. Press.

TWO: Using examples in ‘’All Power to the People’’ by Melani Anae (2012), or ‘’The Many Faces of Paradise’’ by Caroline Vercoe (2004), describe one of the art/design/creative responses to the socio-political situation that confronted Pacific Islanders in Aotearoa in the late 20th century (50-75 words).

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Fig. 1. Siliga David Setoga. T-shirts designed by artist Siliga David Setoga. 2004. Fashion Design. POPOHARDWEAR. Melani Anae. All Power to the People – Overstayers, Dawn Raids, and the Polynesian Panthers. Tangata o le Moana. In Mallon, S., Mahina-Tuai, K., and Salesa, D. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa, 2012. 237.

A design that features in Melani Anae’s article, All Power to the People, that responds to the socio-political situation that confronted Pacific Islanders in Aotearoa is a line of contemporary graphic t-shirt designs by artist, Siliga David Setoga. Setoga has taken a humorous approach with his t-shirt designs by using common slang language associated with Pacific Islanders and turning the negative words into, ‘’statements of pride and joy’’. (Anae, 237). These common slang words include fob and bunga. Fob is known to be an acronym for, ‘’fresh off the boat’’, and bunga is a word used to describe a persons skin colour.

Anae, Melani. ‘’All Power to the People – Overstayers, Dawn Raids, and the Polynesian Panthers’’. Tangata o le Moana. In Mallon, S., Mahina-Tuai, K., and Salesa, D. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa, 2012. 220-239. Press.

THREE: Write a synopsis of the documentary, ‘’Dawn Raids’’ (Fepulea’i, D. 2005) (50-75 words).

The documentary, Dawn Raids, discusses the controversial dawn raids that would take place during the mid 1970’s. During the 1970’s there was an influx of Pacific Islanders relocating to New Zealand. Pacific Islanders chose to move to New Zealand for job opportunities and quality education for their children. Due to a large number of Pacific Islanders arriving in New Zealand it meant that fewer jobs were available for pakeha. This situation resulted in the beginning of the dawn raids which were designed to reduce the number of Pacific Islanders living in New Zealand. These dawn raids were conducted by the New Zealand police force who would target homes where they predicted Pacific Islander ‘overstayers’ were living. The dawn raids were attacks of racism as the police force would only target people based on the colour of their skin. Helen Clark describes the dawn raids as shameful because ‘’… in essence they (dawn raids) set out to pick up anybody who didn’t look like a Pakeha or palangi New Zealander. They swooped on people who were Maori, they swooped on many Pacifica people who had absolutely lawful residence in New Zealand’’. (Helen Clarke).

Fepulea’i, D. ‘’Dawn Raids’’. NZ On Screen. 2005. Web. 18 Sep 2016.

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