Story: Public protest

'No Maoris, no tour'

'No Maoris, no tour'

When Māori players were banned from the 1960 All Black tour of South Africa due to that country's racial-segregation laws, a New Zealand campaign was launched to stop the tour. Protest meetings were held around the country, including this Wellington one organised by the Citizens' All Black Tour Association. Speakers included the renowned former All Black George Nēpia. The tour went ahead, but it was the last one where Māori were excluded. Until the end of South Africa's apartheid regime in the early 1990s, Māori team members were invited to play as 'honorary whites'.

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Ben Schrader, 'Public protest - Letter writing, petitions, meetings and rallies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2015