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Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund is open

Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund is open

The Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund has been established as part of the Dawn Raids apology by the Government.

This fund is part of a reconciliation process to capture a historical account of the Dawn Raids.

Successful applicants will receive funding to share stories of experiences of the Dawn Raids so that they can generate, preserve, raise awareness and pass on knowledge of this time in history.  

Applicants can apply by submitting an application for up to $5,000. There may be exceptions where applications may receive more than $5,000 at the discretion of the assessment panel.  

About the fund

The objectives of the fund are to: 

  • Allow for a healing process, through mixed-media storytelling, for those impacted by the Dawn Raids 
  • Increase understanding and appreciation of the history of Pacific communities in New Zealand 
  • Inform educational resources about the Dawn Raids 
  • Ensure Pacific languages, cultures, and identities in New Zealand thrive.
     

Preference will be given to initiatives that: 

  • Are ready or near ready to commence when funding is received
  • Will work with people and/or communities that were directly impacted by the Dawn Raids.
  • Will work with people who had their homes raided and/or were stopped on the street and asked to produce their passport or permit during the Dawn Raids period.
  • Will work with, or be led by, Pacific persons or Pacific community groups directly impacted by the Dawn Raids.   

Applicants can apply by submitting an application for up to $5,000. There may be exceptions where applications may receive more than $5,000 at the discretion of the assessment panel.  

From the 1950s to the 1970s, significant migration from the Pacific region to New Zealand was encouraged to meet domestic labour shortages in manufacturing and primary production industries. Many Pacific people travelled to New Zealand on temporary visas under various work schemes. Because of the labour shortages at the time, the enforcement of these visas was largely relaxed. 

At the downturn of the New Zealand economy in the early 1970s, parts of society started viewing migrants as jeopardising their financial security and quality of life. These views were fuelled and perpetuated by less than favourable media portrayals targeting Pacific peoples, particularly, as the cause for job shortages and other social harms. 

Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in Immigration and Police officials conducting targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict, and deport overstayers often took place very early in the morning or late at night. This gave rise to the term the “Dawn Raids.” 

Throughout this period, a Police taskforce was also set up to carry out random checks in public, stopping and requiring people to provide evidence that they were legally in New Zealand. 

On 1 August 2021, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern issued an apology on behalf of the New Zealand Government for the Dawn Raids. As a goodwill gesture of reconciliation, the Government has committed to provide support to enable Pacific individuals, artists, historians, and community groups to work with communities to help develop a comprehensive historical record of account of the Dawn Raids period. 

The Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund opens on Monday 15 November 2021. 

Applications close at 5pm Friday 4 February 2022. 

Applicants are informed of the outcome by Friday 25 February 2022.  

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand. 
  • Not have otherwise received funding, or approval for funding, for the same proposal. 

Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Funding is available for one-off initiatives that: 

  • Contribute to the Fund’s objectives. 
  • Align with any or all of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples Pacific Aotearoa Lalanga Fou goals. 
  • Generates, preserves, raises awareness, and/or passes on Pacific knowledge, experiences, and histories of the Dawn Raids.  
  • Can be delivered successfully within 12 months of receiving funding (by 31 March 2023). 

Applicants are encouraged to share their initiative with the public where possible and/or appropriate.  

A range of methods will be considered, such as: 

  • Written and/or oral history collection – including audio and visual, and using ethnic-specific methods like talanoa 
  • Music, dance or performing arts – including live or recorded 
  • Visual or graphic arts, including sculptures, paintings, exhibitions, moving image 
  • Other creative art forms. 

Applications that can demonstrate the following are preferred: 

  • The initiative is ready or near ready to commence upon receipt of the grant. 
  • The initiative will work with people and/or communities that were directly impacted by the Dawn Raids. 
  • The initiative will work with people who had their homes raided and/or were stopped on the street and asked to produce their passport or permit during the Dawn Raids period. 
  • The initiative will work with, or be led by, Pacific persons or Pacific community groups directly impacted by the Dawn Raids. 

All initiatives funded by the Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund must follow Government COVID-19 requirements. Applicants may want to consider alternative ways to run the initiative, such as online where possible. 

Although it is encouraged, you are not required to share your initiatives with the public but encourage consideration of preservation of appropriate histories within an archival setting. Consideration will be given to how applicants propose to store and preserve appropriate works when assessing proposals.  

Examples of archival storage settings include: 

  • Donating a copy of a physical or digital initiative to libraries like the Alexander Turnbull Library, regional libraries or museums.
  • Storing an initiative within a community archive. 

The Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund is not available for: 

  • Initiatives that only benefit or support one individual. 
  • For-profit activities. 
  • Initiatives that are not aligned with the objectives and priorities of this fund. 
  • Initiatives and services that duplicate existing work / services. 
  • Work that has already been completed (the work on your initiative must be ongoing after the closing date for applications). 
  • Initiatives that are the general responsibility of other sectors (such as school and tertiary- based programmes which are the primary responsibility of the Ministry of Education, NZQA and TEC). 
  • Initiatives that are eligible for funding from tertiary institutions or for university theses. 
  • Initiatives funded by institutions like museums unless they are largely volunteer run and minimally funded from regional or national sources. 
  • Initiatives and activities delivered solely overseas including the New Zealand realm countries. 
  • Wages, salaries, infrastructure, fixed assets, travel, and capital expenditure. Note, applicants may use grants to purchase or hire relevant equipment, such as sound or video recording devices, and provide small amounts of koha to participants. 
  • Debt repayment or debt servicing. 
  • Staff of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

Successful fund recipients will be asked to complete a six month progress report and a final accountability report for their initiative that will include:  

  • Evidence of (progress towards) the achievement of your initiative’s outcomes 
  • Community impact and reach of your initiative  
  • Lessons learnt from your work  
  • How your funds are being/were spent. 

Reporting templates will be provided to successful applicants. 

The Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund closes at 5pm on Friday 4 February 2022. 

Apply online here

If you need more information about the Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund, please email [email protected]