Story: Anti-racism and Treaty of Waitangi activism

Anti-tour march, 1981 (1st of 1)

Banner-bearing protesters filled the streets of New Zealand on numerous occasions in 1981. In that year, for the first time since 1965, the government agreed to a tour by a racially-selected Springbok team. These banners in Wellington's Willis Street indicate that the tour was opposed by a broad range of groups, including university students, unions and women's organisations. Listen to this clip from radio news coverage of the protest at the first match, in Gisborne on 22 July 1981.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
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Robert Consedine, 'Anti-racism and Treaty of Waitangi activism - Organising against racism, 1970s to early 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

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