Story: Anti-racism and Treaty of Waitangi activism

Rugby Union decision, 1959

Rugby Union decision, 1959

In 1959 the Rugby Football Union again proposed to send a whites-only All Black team to South Africa. By that time opposition to apartheid rugby within New Zealand had grown into a nationwide campaign. This cartoon from the Christchurch Star shows the stubborn Rugby Union dragged between two opposing forces – the trough of money it would make by giving in to South Africa's demands, and the opinion of the New Zealand public, which favoured non-racial sport.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-317-065
Cartoon by George Duncan Henderson

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Robert Consedine, 'Anti-racism and Treaty of Waitangi activism - First sporting contacts with South Africa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Robert Consedine, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 28 May 2018