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Nelson Mandela at Tūrangawaewae marae

Nelson Mandela at Tūrangawaewae marae

South African President Nelson Mandela is welcomed onto Tūrangawaewae marae at Ngāruawāhia in 1995. In New Zealand for the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) held in Auckland that year, Mandela was the focus of great interest. He was widely admired for his part in ending the apartheid system in South Africa, an issue that had been fiercely fought over in New Zealand.

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W. David McIntyre, 'Empire and Commonwealth - From empire to Commonwealth', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by W. David McIntyre, published 20 Jun 2012