Day of Rage

Day of Rage
Day of Rage

30 years ago today … Saturday, 12 September 1981 was the day of the third and final test between the Springboks and the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

It was also the anniversary of the murder in South Africa in 1977 of Steve Biko, an anti-apartheid activist who died after being interrogated by police under South Africa’s anti-terrorism laws.

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Anti Tour Rally

Anti Tour Rally
Anti Tour Rally

30 years ago today … Saturday 29 August 1981.

This rally coincided with the second test between the Springboks and the All Blacks.

It took place in Wellington at Athletic Park.

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They’ve brought their National Sport with them

They've brought their National Sport with them.
They've brought their National Sport with them.

30 years ago today … Saturday 15 August 1981.

This rally coincided with the first test between the Springboks and the All Blacks.

It took place in Christchurch at Lancaster Park (later renamed Jade Stadium, and now the AMI Stadium).

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Limits of protest

Limits of Protest

30 years ago today … 31 July 1981.
Every Friday over the winter, the Canterbury branch of the Workers’ Educational Association held a forum on a topic of national or local interest. The topic was introduced by an informed speaker and then opened up for general discussion.

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National Day of Shame

July 22 National Day of shame

30 years ago today … Wednesday 22 July 1981, named the “National Day of Shame”, was the day of the first match of the Springbok tour, against Poverty Bay in Gisborne.

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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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