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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