Tomorrow the Government will make an historic apology for the trauma of the Dawn Raids. The deportation policy in the 1970’s saw Pacific families torn apart.
Among them, the Pacific People’s Minister and the father of an All Black great. Jerome Kaino played 83 times for New Zealand, the country which booted his father out.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the Dawn Raids began in 1975 under National Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. In fact, they began a year earlier under Labour Prime Minister Norman Kirk. The Labour Government put the policy on hold later in 1974. The new National Government resumed and escalated the raids after taking over in 1975.
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