‘Fifty years ago the Polynesian Panther Party began to shine a light on racism and oppressive systems, and we made small changes. But these small changes were and are so much greater than the sum of their parts; they are writ large by the liberating education some of us are still involved in and the snowballing effect it has.’
In a book that is both deeply personal and highly political, Melani Anae recalls the radical activism of Auckland’s Polynesian Panthers. In solidarity with the US Black Panther Party, the Polynesian Panthers was founded in response to the racist treatment of Pacific Islanders in the era of the Dawn Raids. Central to the group’s philosophy was a three-point ‘platform’ of peaceful resistance, Pacific empowerment and educating New Zealand about persistent and systemic racism.
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'The Terror of the Dawn Raids' Melani Anae, e-Tangata, 18 October 2020.
'Polynesian Panthers: Melani Anae on personal tragedy and political awakening' Melani Anae, NZ Herald Canvas magazine, 17 October 2020 (paywall).
'Melani Anae: Educate to Liberate' Dale Husband, e-Tangata, 11 October 2020.