Polynesian Panthers: Pacific Protest and Affirmative Action in Aotearoa New Zealand 1971-1981

Author(s): Melani Anae

NZ History/Society

Polynesian Panthers records the Pacific rights and social activist movement in New Zealand, told by those who were there.

Forming in 1971, the Polynesian Panthers sought to raise consciousness and took action in response to the racism and discrimination Pacific peoples faced in New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s. The Panthers organised prison visit programmes and sporting and debating teams for inmates; provided a halfway-house service for young men released from prison; ran homework centres; and offered `people's loans', legal aid and food banks that catered for 600 families at their height. Drawing on interviews, memoirs, poetry, newspaper articles and critical analysis, Polynesian Panthers is a thought-provoking account of this period in New Zealand.


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Misatauveve Dr Melani Anae joined the Polynesian Panthers in 1971. She is now Senior Lecturer in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland, is a mother of three and grandmother, and still lives in Ponsonby.

General Fields

  • : 9781775502050
  • : Huia Publishers
  • : Huia Publishers
  • : November 2015
  • : New Zealand
  • : November 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Melani Anae
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 303.4840993
  • : 152