Jacinda Ardern covered by mat as she apologizes for NZ’s ‘dawn raids’ on Pacific People

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How’s this for payback?

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has been covered with a large mat by members of the Pacific Island community, as part of a humiliation ritual to apologize for the country’s ‘dawn raids’.

In the 1970s, Pasifika people were targeted for deportation in New Zealand during aggressive home raids by the police in the early hours of the morning that became known as the ‘dawn raids’.

By being covered in the mat, Ardern took part in a traditional Samoan ritual known as an Ifoga. The subject seeks forgiveness by exposing themselves to a kind of public humiliation.

‘Today, I stand on behalf of the New Zealand government to offer a formal and unreserved apology to Pacific communities for the discriminatory implementation of the immigration laws of the 1970s that led to the dawn raids,’ Ardern said.

As part of the apology, the prime minister announced a scholarship program for Pacific students in New Zealand. The dawn raids will also be incorporated into the country’s history curriculum.

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