Fifty years ago, inspired by the Black Panthers, a group of young leaders founded the Polynesian Panther Party to push back against systemic racism like the Dawn Raids. One of those founders was the brilliant Dr Melani Anae QSO, Marsden Award recipient and expert on ethics and Pasifika identity and leadership. She is joined by fellow Panther Rev Alec Toleafoa, whose long-term work involves the care of people in urban street communities, youth and adult custodial and residential settings, and developing youth leadership. In conversation with emerging leader Okirano Tilaia, they reflect on the apology for the Dawn Raids, and Melani’s book The Platform, detailing five decades spent in peaceful resistance, educating New Zealand about ongoing racism, and Pasifika empowerment.
This session will be held live for in-person audiences, and offered as a livestream for at-home watching. If you are attending at the venue, space is limited so entry will be on a first come first served basis. If you would like a digital ticket, please register by clicking on the ‘get tickets’ button.