Story: Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements

'No Maoris, no tour'

This 1959 poster sums up the protest position against a racially selected All Blacks rugby team touring South Africa in 1960. Listen to the comments of famous former All Black George Nēpia (Ngāti Rākaipāka), who had been omitted from a 1928 tour at the specific request of the South African prime minister. Despite public opposition, the 1960 tour went ahead.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (George Nepia on the 1924 All Black tour to England/ ntk-mpt-00145-pm)

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Reference: Eph-D-RACIAL-1959-01

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Basil Keane, 'Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements - Rugby and South Africa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 11 Jan 2023