Stop the Tour

The Govt. Must Act Now. Stop the Tour. Rally Friday July 3rd 1981
The Govt. Must Act Now. Stop the Tour. Rally Friday July 3rd. 1981

30 years ago, New Zealand was a nation of protest.

The Springbok – the South African rugby team – were coming to tour New Zealand. Many Kiwis did not want the All Blacks to play rugby against a regime that practiced apartheid. People in their droves turned out to protest.

One of the rallies took place on Friday 3 July 1981,  in Cathedral Square, Christchurch. Its intention was to try to stop the tour from going ahead. It was followed by a mass sit-in in Latimer Square where a “tent-city” was erected.

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5 thoughts on “Stop the Tour

  1. jane 12 July 2011 / 9:17 am

    I was part of the tent city. I remember a night sleeping on the ground feeling cold and miserable and sneaking off at 6am to the comfort of my own bed. I was a lily livered protester.

  2. RachaelCCL 12 July 2011 / 2:24 pm

    I remember studying this in Year 12 History. My mum said that it didn’t feel like history at the time. She went to one of the games and remembers the police lined up around the field. I imagine my dad dragged her along – nothing comes between him and a good rugby match, it would seem!

    • jane 12 July 2011 / 3:27 pm

      Very odd to think that part of your life is now studied in year 12 history! I feel old.

      • Donna 12 July 2011 / 4:42 pm

        Me too! I am officially old. I was in Southland at the time and remember getting into kerfuffles at school over the Tour.

        Thanks for sharing your stories. Has anyone else got some Tour tales to tell?

      • RachaelCCL 13 July 2011 / 10:19 am

        I think it was part of NZ’s Search for Security Since 1945. According to the NZQA website it’s a Year 11 topic. I would probably find it way more interesting now than I did when I was 15!

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