Monday, April 10, 2023

The Polynesian Panthers

The Panthers is a New Zealand drama television miniseries created by Halaifonua Finau and Tom Hern.

Set during the 1970s, the series focuses on the emergence of the Polynesian Panthers against the backdrop of the controversial dawn raids. 

The series starred Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi as Polynesian Panthers leader Will Ilolahia.

Set in Auckland in 1974, The Panthers focuses on how a group of Polynesian students and street gangsters led by Tongan student Will 'Ilolahia formed a revolutionary movement called the Polynesian Panthers, drawing inspiration from the American Black Panther Party. 

The miniseries is set against the backdrop of racial tensions between white and Polynesian New Zealanders, the dawn raids on overstayers, and the premiership of Prime Minister Robert Muldoon.

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