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Natives' Rugby Tour, 1888-89

  • Page 1 – New Zealand Natives' rugby tour of 1888-9

    Discover how the side originally called New Zealand Maori came to be known as the NZ Natives. In 1888, the country's pioneering national sports team toured Britain, playing their first game of rugby on 3 October.

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  • Page 2 – Rugby in 1888

    The rugby played by the Natives was different from the game we know today.

  • Page 3 – Maori and rugby

    In 1872, 'Wirihana' became the first recorded Maori rugby player when he turned out for Wanganui

  • Page 4 – Preparations

    In the absence of any body regulating the game in New Zealand, Eyton was free to promote a tour of Britain as a private venture

  • Page 5 – The 'Noble Maori' arrive

    After playing nine matches in New Zealand and two in Melbourne in the southern winter of 1888 (with only two losses), the Natives set off for Britain by steamer.

  • Page 6 – Daily routines

    Between their first and last matches in Britain, the Natives played on average every 2.3 days.

  • Page 7 – Unsporting behaviour?

    Although hacking and tripping had been banned in the 1870s to make the game safe enough to appeal to gentlemen, rugby remained dangerous.

  • Page 8 – Natives and northerners

    In 1888 the gentlemen who ran the Rugby Union (and the Empire) were based in southern England, and the England test was played in London. Yet the playing strength of the

  • Page 9 – Rugby and society

    What effect did the Natives' tour have on rugby and wider New Zealand society? It showed that New Zealanders could compete on equal terms with representatives of the imperial

  • Page 10 – Matches played

    Games and scores Total (rugby games only): played 107: won 78, drew 6, lost 23 Points for: 772; Points against: 305 In Britain: played 74: W49, D5, L20 Points for: 394; Points

  • Page 11 – Further information

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Sport, 1940-1960

1981 Springbok tour

  • Page 1 – The 1981 Springbok rugby tour

    For 56 days in July, August and September 1981, New Zealanders were divided against each other in the largest civil disturbance seen since the 1951 waterfront dispute. The

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  • Page 2 – All Blacks versus Springboks

    Since rugby went professional in 1995 countries like Australia, England and France have challenged New Zealand and South Africa's claims to be the two powerhouses of world

  • Page 3 – Politics and sport

    South Africa's apartheid policies and attitudes created obvious problems for New Zealand rugby, given the prominence of Māori in the sport.

  • Page 4 – Stopping the 1973 tour

    Keeping sport and politics separate was becoming increasingly difficult. In July 1969 HART (Halt All Racist Tours) was founded by University of Auckland students with the

  • Page 5 – Gleneagles Agreement

    The All Blacks accepted an invitation to tour South Africa in 1976, when world attention was firmly fixed on the republic because of the Soweto riots.

  • Page 6 – Battle lines are drawn

    The tour supporters were determined that the first Springbok visit to New Zealand since 1965 would not be spoiled. The anti-tour movement was equally determined to show its

  • Page 7 – Tour diary

    Select itinerary of the 1981 tour by the Springbok rugby team.

  • Page 8 – Impact

    In Hamilton the protestors occupying the pitch had chanted 'The whole world is watching'. The same applied to New Zealand as a nation. Some believed the tour was an opportunity

New Zealand cricket

1982 Football World Cup

1987 Rugby World Cup

The 1970s

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    Summary of what NZ was like in the 1970s, including our population, economy, popular culture, protest issues, politics and sporting achievements

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  • Page 2 - OverviewSummary of what NZ was like in the 1970s, including our population, economy, popular culture, protest issues, politics and sporting

The 1960s

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    Summary of what NZ was like in the 1960s, including our population, economy, popular culture, sporting achievements and technology

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  • Page 2 - OverviewSummary of what NZ was like in the 1960s, including our population, economy, popular culture, sporting achievements and technology

Dominion status

Biographies

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