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My New Zealand Story


Dawn Raid 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. A mural of an exerpt of the book was also part of an exhibition in Southland Museum.

Dawn Raid by Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith, published by Scholastic NZ

Set in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1942, in an area of the city known as Chinatown where the descendants of the Chinese miners and market gardeners gathered together to maintain their culture and provide a sense of community. New Zealand is at war when Silvey starts her diary, but for Silvey this is just a backdrop to the main issues of her worldthe closure of her school and the arrival of Chinese-American soldiers

Chinatown Girl by Eva Wong Ng, published by Scholastic NZ

Delilah now Trending by Pamela Power

published by Penguin Randomhouse

Ms Conception by Pamela Power

published by Penguin Randomhouse

Cassie Clark: Outlaw by Brian Falkner

published by Papyrus

New Zealand Author Quarterly covers

dawn raid mural LR

My New Zealand Story