Another important event in New Zealands history that helped shape our identity as a country, and questioned how men identify themselves as New Zealanders was the Springbok Tour.
However, South African rugby authorities continued to select Springbok players by race. The Springbok tour Contact with the apartheid regime in South Africa caused deep divisions in New Zealand society and put New Zealand firmly under the international spotlight between and During the s public protests and political pressure forced on the New Zealand Rugby Union NZRU the choice of either fielding a team not selected by race, or not touring the Republic.
This feature is of great value to teachers and students working at various levels. After the Springbok tour of New Zealand, South Africa was banned by the International Rugby Board from international competition until such time as apartheid ended Resource 9: Hadlee, the West Indies Board of Control advised the New Zealand Cricket Council that their team would not be welcome in - not for cricket reasons, but because a rugby tour by a multi-racial team of South Africans was taking place in New Zealand.
Students will find this is a concise summary that will assist them with revision. Please use the comments box at the bottom of this page. The Apartheid soon became a major controversy within New Zealand, as many people prefered boycotting in opposition to it, instead of continued sporting contact.
Opposition to sending race based teams to South Africa grew throughout the s and 60s. In their view the All Black tour gave tacit support to the apartheid regime in South Africa. The controversial idea of having sporting interactions with apartheid ruled South Africa was not new to New Zealand politics, yet with Prime Minister Robert Muldoon in charge, the situation was escalated to astonishing heights.
How did New Zealanders respond, individually and collectively, to this issue? We welcome feedback. One approach could be to put the tour into a broader decade study of 'Life in the s'.