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My New Zealand Story - Dawn Raid by Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith

I recently did a cover for a Scholastic's My New Zealand Story book. Dawn Raid by Pauline Smith is about a 13-year-old girl in 70's New Zealand. Her main worries are how to get some groovy go-go boots, and how not to die of embarrassment giving a speech at school! But when her older brother Lenny starts talking about marches and protests and overstayers, and how Pacific Islanders are being bullied by the police for their passports and papers, a shadow is cast over Sofias sunny teenage days. Through her heartfelt diary entries, we witness the terror of being dawn-raided and gain an insight into the courageous and tireless work of the Polynesian Panthers in the 1970s as they encourage immigrant families across New Zealand to stand up for their rights. An ex mural of an exerpt of the book is also art of an exhibition in Southland museum.

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