Story: Anti-racism and Treaty of Waitangi activism

National Party election poster, 1972

National Party election poster, 1972

In the 1972 election campaign the ruling National Party, led by Jack Marshall, campaigned on its record of maintaining sporting links with South Africa. This National campaign poster announces that most New Zealanders 'don't see cutting off communication with South Africa as the best answer'. National lost the election to Labour, which had a policy of ending sporting contacts with apartheid South Africa. The following year the Labour government refused entry visas to a South African rugby team.

Courtesy of the New Zealand National Party.

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Reference: Trevor Richards, Dancing on our bones : New Zealand, South Africa, rugby and racism. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books, 1999

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Robert Consedine, 'Anti-racism and Treaty of Waitangi activism - Opposing domestic and international racism, 1960s and 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

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