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Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund Round Two

Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund Round Two

The Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund Round Two is now closed

The Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund Round Two supported communities to tell their own stories of their experiences of the Dawn Raids. This second round closed at 5pm on Friday, 10 March 2023.

The first round of Teu le Va was launched on 15 November 2021 and closed in February 2022. The first round supported 23 successful Dawn Raids initiatives.

See the list of successful Round One applicants and initiatives.

Through Budget 2022, a second round of the fund was established with $600,000 to enable individuals, artists, historians, and community groups to tell their own stories of their experiences of the Dawn Raids so that we can generate, preserve and raise awareness of this time in history.

Applicants could apply for funding to support any small to larger scale Dawn Raids related initiatives with funding of up to $50,000 available. While funding of up to $50,000 is available, we also encouraged small scale initiatives that could include school or family projects related to the Dawn Raids.

Any questions about this fund can be directed to: [email protected].

About the fund

The objectives of the fund were to:

  • allow for healing through storytelling, for those impacted by the Dawn Raids
  • raise awareness of racism and discrimination in New Zealand
  • increase understanding and appreciation of the history of Pacific communities in New Zealand
  • inform the development of educational resources about the Dawn Raids
  • ensure Pacific languages, cultures, and identities in New Zealand thrive.

Preference was given to initiatives that:

  • are ready or near ready to commence upon receiving funding
  • 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.

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.

However, 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 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 support the development of a comprehensive historical record of account of the Dawn Raids period.

The Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund Round Two opened on Saturday, 27 August 2022.

Applications closed at 5pm, Friday, 10 March 2023.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 30 June 2023 (date extended again due to volume of applications).


To be eligible, applicants must have been a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.

This fund has now closed.

See a summary of successful Round One initiatives.

The Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund Round Two - was available to 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
  • generate, preserve, raise awareness, and/or pass on Pacific knowledge, experiences, and histories of the Dawn Raids
  • can be delivered successfully within 12 months of receiving funding (by 7 April 2024).

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

A range of storytelling methods were 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.

Applicants could use grants to purchase or hire relevant equipment, such as sound or video recording devices, and provide small amounts of koha to participants. Applicants could also use grants to pay for wages, salaries and travel related to the initiative, however this was capped at 20 percent of the total amount granted and was at the discretion of the assessment panel.

All initiatives funded by the Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund Round Two must follow government COVID-19 requirements.

The Teu le Va - Dawn Raids History Community Fund Round Two would not fund:

  • initiatives that only benefit or support one individual
  • for-profit activities
  • initiatives that are not aligned with the 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
  • fixed assets and capital expenditure
  • debt repayment or debt servicing.

Successful fund recipients will be asked to complete monthly progress updates, 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 outcomes
  • community impact and reach of your initiative
  • lessons learnt from your work
  • how your funds were spent.

The Ministry will provide reporting templates and will assist successful applicants to complete them.

Applicants were encouraged to share their initiative with the public where possible and/or appropriate.
Consideration was given to how applicants propose to store and preserve 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 Ministry for Pacific Peoples will also seek permission from fund recipients to host a record of the initiative on an online platform and publish names of recipients and summaries of successful initiatives on our website and social media channels.

See our frequently asked questions about the fund.

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

Teu le Va Funding Recipients - Round Two

"Elizabeth Henry" Auckland $4,654
"Robert George" Auckland $20,000
FRANCMARIE Auckland $50,000
J3PK and writers Canterbury $23,523
Kava Bowl Media Commuity Auckland $49,950
Manukau Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church Samoan Group Incorporated Auckland $15,800
Methodist Church of NZ - Sinoti Samoa (Manurewa SamoanLay Preacher) Auckland $12,000
Mhila Collective Auckland $50,000
MILA’S BOOKS LTD. Wellington $50,000
Niuvaka Trust (blank) $15,120
Pacific Standard Time Studio Auckland $31,398
Pasifika Digital Knowledge Trust Auckland $50,000
Pearls of The Pacific Southland $5,650
Polynesian Panther Party Legacy Trust Auckland $50,000
Samoan Methodist Church Marton (blank) $15,000
South Pou Otago $22,904
The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa Takanini Trust Board Auckland $9,000
Trust MyRivr Auckland $50,000
Vasa Consulting Limited Auckland $25,000