Story: Anti-racism and Treaty of Waitangi activism

All-white All Blacks, 1928

All-white All Blacks, 1928

At South Africa's insistence, no Māori players were selected for the first All Black rugby team to tour South Africa in 1928. That meant leaving out star performers like George Nepia. The decision provoked New Zealand's first open protests against racial discrimination in sport. Māori players would continue to be excluded from tours to South Africa until 1970, when a few were admitted as 'honorary whites'.

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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 21 April 2024)

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