A New Dawn

As a three-year-old, Emeli Sione came to New Zealand from Tonga with her parents and baby brother to join her grandparents. When she was five, their family home was raided by police and her grandparents sent back to Tonga. Her family was never the same again.

Emeli shares her Dawn Raid story to help us understand the real impact of this dark time in our history.

With valuable lessons for all New Zealanders, A New Dawn provides us with hope on our journeys of equality, justice and healing as Pasifika in New Zealand.

Written by Emeli Stone and illustrated by Darcy Solia

$29.50 incl. GST

2 in stock

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Finalist, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

For ages 8+


The Sapling ~ It is a beautifully written and personal story that humanises a really tough time in the history of Aotearoa, and Pacific peoples’ place within it. As someone who has taught about the Dawn Raids before in classrooms for both young children and tertiary students, I find this book would be a very useful resource for learners of all ages. Aside from this, I think it is an excellent book to add to your home collection. To read a story so personal was refreshing and, I believe, a beautiful way to show others that healing can begin through sharing. The story was raw and honest and appropriate for children and adults. Read Emmaline Pickering-Martin’s full review on The Sapling.

From the author

Read this insightful interview with Emeli on E-Tangata.

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