Story: Africa and New Zealand

Independence gift

Independence gift

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is shown here with a Māori carving that was given to him by the New Zealand government in 1980, when Zimbabwe became independent. At the time Mugabe, who had led a guerrilla war against white minority rule during the 1970s, was seen as a hero.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAEG W2972 Box 1 37

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Africa and New Zealand - Politics, apartheid and sport: 1940s to 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/35926/independence-gift (accessed 26 February 2020)

Story by Megan Cook, published 20 Jun 2012