The 1981 Springbok Tour: Significant To Apartheid In South Africa

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The 1981 Springbok Tour was Significant to apartheid in South Africa, as this was one of the main event which ended apartheid in South Africa. After 1981 the all blacks were planned to tour South Africa in 1985, however they were not able to tour South Africa as the New Zealand protesters re-enabled against the New Zealand government, and the tour was cancelled. However and unauthorised New Zealand rugby team toured South Africa under the name of New Zeeland Cavaliers. The tour was given the name of rebel tour. New Zealand therefore made a decision on not sending a rugby team until apartheid is over in South Africa. This put a lot of pressure on South Africa to end apartheid as no teams were touring South Africa. During the tour protesters …show more content…
Not only did the tour protests bring about an end to apartheid in South Africa, but it created an increase awareness of racism in New Zealand society. For years New Zealand stood proudly next to having 'the finest race relations in the world', however New Zealand was proved false of this statement after the events that had occurred in the 1981 springbok tour. The significance of the 1981 tour was the change in the way New Zealanders look at Maori citizens. During the 1981 springbok tour the Maori's thought that the pakehas were supporting anti-apartheid in South Africa. As the protests increased during the tour, the number of Maori citizens taking part also increased. The Maori citizens chanting “If you campaign about race in South Africa, what about at home?”. This shows that the Maori citizens wanted New Zealand to be a racist free country as well as South Africa. The rivalry of all black vs Springboks increased due to the fact of the 1981 springbok tour. This made New Zealand's and South Africa Political sides even stronger. And also made an impact on how the New Zealanders treat the Maori Citizens. The Advantages of the 1981 Springboks tour, for Maori, was that it changed the way New Zealanders and the world view Maori citizens. The negatives of the 1981 Springboks tour, for Maori, were that Maori citizens were not being treat well during the

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