Story: Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements

'An outrageous report'

'An outrageous report'

In 1921, when the South African Springbok rugby team toured New Zealand, New Zealand Truth reproduced a report sent to South African newspapers by a journalist associated with the Springboks. The South African reporter described the Napier match between the Springboks and a New Zealand Māori team as the 'most unfortunate match ever played.' He was particularly disturbed by the level of support for the Māori team from Pākehā New Zealanders.

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Reference: New Zealand Truth, 17 September, 1921, p. 6

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Basil Keane, 'Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements - Rugby and South Africa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 11 Jan 2023