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Teu Le Va: Dawn Raids History Community Fund is now open

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives an official Government apology for the race-based 1970s dawn raids Photo: Chris McKeen - STUFF
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives an official Government apology for the race-based 1970s dawn raids. Photo: Chris McKeen, STUFF
Ann-Tauilo Motuga | Videographer

As part of the Dawn Raids apology from the New Zealand Government, the Teu le Va – Dawn Raids History Community Fund has been established to continue the healing process for Pacific peoples.

Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito William Sio says the fund will be supporting initiatives that generate, preserve, raise awareness and pass on knowledge of this time in history.

“Successful applicants will receive a grant [of up to $5000] to support initiatives enabling individuals, artists, historians, and community groups to tell their own stories and experiences of the Dawn Raids,” he says.

“It also assists to increase understanding and appreciation of the history of Pacific communities in New Zealand; informs educational resources; and ensures Pacific languages, cultures, and identities in New Zealand thrive.”

Applicants may apply by submitting a history initiative proposal that must be delivered successfully by 31 March 2023.

The initiative must also follow Government COVID-19 requirements, so applicants must consider alternative ways to run their initiatives, such as online where possible.

A range of storytelling methods may be used, including written and oral history collection; music, dance or performing arts; visual or graphic arts, including sculptures, paintings, exhibitions, moving image; and other creative art forms.

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

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be NZ citizens or permanent residents and must not have active funding for the same proposal.

Applications close at 5pm Friday 4 February 2022, and applicants are informed of the outcome by Friday 25 February 2022.

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