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Tampa: 20 Years On

Sat 4 Sep, 2pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

This year marks 20 years since the Tampa boat was famously turned away from our shores, sparking debate between Australia, Norway and Indonesia over their responsibility to the refugees onboard and marking a watershed moment in the creation of a border protection policy that has informed successive governments’ approach to refugees who arrive by boat. Appearing live via video, Tampa survivor turned Fulbright scholar Abbas Nazari (After the Tampa) discusses the legacy of the incident, the life he has since built in New Zealand, and the power of hope, with on-stage interviewer Michael Green.


1 hour


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Michael Green is a Walkley Award-winning journalist. He is the host of The Messenger podcast about immigration detention on Manus Island, and an editor and producer of They Cannot Take the Sky, a book and an exhibition about Australian immigration detention.

Abbas is a proud Afghan-Kiwi and the author of After the Tampa, a memoir of his family's journey of fleeing Afghanistan as refugees, being rescued by the Tampa, and finding a home in New Zealand.

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