Stop the Tour
In late July through mid-September 1981 the South African rugby team, the Springboks, toured New Zealand. Halt All Racist Tour (HART), which was founded in 1969 to support the sports boycott of apartheid South Africa, campaigned against the tour. For many white South Africans, rugby was the sport about which they were most passionate, and the matches against New Zealand were the ones they considered the most important. When the Springboks arrived in New Zealand, there were large demonstrations and disruptions of the matches. Over an eight week period, nearly 2,000 people were arrested; 2,254 charges were laid against 1,520 people. While the protests did not stop the tour they had significant impact in New Zealand. (The Springboks did not return to New Zealand until 1994 when apartheid was over.) When the Springbok left New Zealand in 1981 their tour continued in the United States, where they also faced significant protests. (Source: Dancing On Our Bones: New Zealand, South Africa, Rugby and Racism by Trevor Richards [New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books, 1999])
Used by permission of Trevor Richard, a founder and former member of Hall All Racist Tours.
Collection: Private collection of Richard Knight