The Reading / Listening – Dawn Raids – Level 0

New Zealand apologized to people from South Pacific islands. There were not enough workers in New Zealand in the 1970s. Over 65,000 Islanders moved there to help. Police with dogs woke up some Islanders early in the morning. The Islanders had to leave New Zealand. Their children were put in government care homes.

Ms Ardern is sorry for what happened. She took part in a forgiveness ceremony. She said Islanders hurt today because of the early-morning raids. Many still do not trust the police. A princess from Tonga thanked Ms Ardern. She called the apology “a new dawn” for her community. She called the raids “inhumane”.