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Following police warnings of civil strife, Prime Minister Norman Kirk informed the New Zealand Rugby Football Union that the government saw ‘no alternative’ to a 'postponement' of the planned tour by the South African Springboks.
Simon Morton looks at the connection between two items from the Te Papa collection: the rugby ball used in the deciding test of the 1956 Springbok tour and 1981 protester John Minto's helmet.
‘Bad enough having play team officially designated New Zealand Natives’, a South African journalist wrote in a report of the match played between the Springboks and a New Zealand Maori XV at Napier.
Originally a swamp, Auckland's Eden Park has been a sports ground since the late 19th century.
Hear about Waikato's 1956 win against the South African Springboks and the protest that stopped the same two teams playing in 1981.
Waikato's triumph in the opening match of the 1956 Sth African tour set the scene for an eagerly awaited rematch with New Zealand's greatest rugby foe
Souvenir programme for the rugby game between Wanganui-King Country and the South African Springboks played on 8 August 1956.
Souvenir programme for the rugby game between Hawke's Bay and the 1956 Springboks
Rob Muldoon was one of our most polarising PMs, the voice of ‘the ordinary bloke’ to supporters and a dictatorial bully to critics.
In 1972 Norman Kirk broke National’s 12-year-long grip on the Treasury benches and became Labour’s first New Zealand-born PM.
Police apprehending an anti-apartheid demonstrator during a rugby game at Athletic Park, Wellington on 23 May 1970.
Police guard Rugby Park in Invercargill during the 1981 Springbok Tour
Read people's memories of the 1981 Springbok Tour
The year 1981 was a time of great economic anxiety and social and political unease in New Zealand. This was captured by the Auckland band Blam Blam Blam, which released ‘There is no depression in New Zealand’.
Sporting ties with South Africa during the apartheid years became a source of great debate and division in New Zealand society. Kiwi Records released a 45 to mark the 1960 All Black rugby tour.
The Wellington-based band Riot 111 played on the back of a truck outside Avalon studios to protest against Television New Zealand's refusal to screen the video clip for their single 'Writing on the wall'.
'We won. We beat the protestors; we beat the media, and most important of all we beat the Springboks.'
A 1981 All Black, Doug Rollerson, and flour-bomb pilot Marx Jones provide opposing views on the tour in this 2006 interview. Both are adamant that they were right in the stance they took at the time.
The Poverty Bay team travelled to the game in the back of a meat truck to avoid detection by protestors. This set the pattern for the remainder of the tour, with each side trying to outsmart the opposition on game day.
This scene shows action from the second test of the 1956 series at Athletic Park. The Springboks won 8–3 but the All Blacks prevailed in the series 3-1.

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