In partnership with Auckland Arts Festival, Objectspace is pleased to present this Ockham Lecture by Pauline Smith.

Researching the Dawn Raids will discuss the valuable insights Smith has gained during the development of her voice as a writer, producer and co-curator.

While researching her landmark publication My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid, talanoa was an integral tool she incorporated in understanding the activities of the Polynesian Panthers and their fight for social justice.  Her research also highlighted the importance of valuing material culture to truly understand the context of historical events. In this lecture she will explore how talanoa created a way to bring together the knowledge vital to the publication and how important items brought to life exhibition it inspired, The Dawn Raids - Educate to Liberate. 

Booking is required here. Hospitality will be provided.


Pauline Smith is an author, educationalist and director of Mīharo Murihiku Trust in Invercargill. She is of Samoan, Tuvaluan, Scottish and Irish descent. During her time as a university lecturer she developed a passion for Pasifika histories with a special interest in the Dawn Raids and the work of the Polynesian Panthers. This was to become the backdrop for her award winning first book My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid, (Scholastic New Zealand, 2018). Her award nominated exhibition The Dawn Raids - Educate to Liberate, toured Aotearoa in 2019 and will be on display at Studio One Toi Tū as part of the Auckland Arts Festival 2021 programme.

The Dawn Raids - Educate to Liberate, 2019, PĀTAKA Art + Museum. Photographer: Chris McBride

Exhibition mural by Pauline Smith