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Alice Lolohea / Sandra Kailahi
Running time: 10 mins

A Tongan-born New Zealander admits the painful truth behind what really happened to his family during the Dawn Raids.

Tongan-born Tesimoni Fuavao came to Aotearoa with his family in 1975 for medical treatment. On a day out with a friend, Tesimoni had an unexpected run-in with the police that led to the wrongful arrests of both of his parents. Now Tesimoni shares the story that saddled him and his family with decades of shame and regret and exposes the deep wounds his community suffered at the hands of New Zealand Police.

It would have been better if they apologised to the two who were directly impacted. My parents.Tesimoni Fuavao

Season 9

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