The 1981 Springbok Tour resulted in one of the largest mass protests of New Zealand history. Over the course of 56 days in which the racially selected team toured New Zealand, great violence and chaos erupted at every test match and even outside the parliament building in Wellington. The Springboks were scheduled to play 16 games during the tour. All but two of the games went ahead although protestors used other tactics to disrupt the games.
Many people belive that is was miracoulous that nobody was killed.
The first game the Springboks were scheduled to play was in Gisborne. On the 22nd of July, the Springboks won the match 24-6 against Poverty Bay. This was also the first time the crowds ...view middle of the document...
Without any protection many protestors suffered from injuries to the head and body. Several clips and photos from the incident show many protestors bleeding from the head and face. The police were prepared to hit men, women, children and elderly people.
The All Blacks won the first test 14-9 played at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. Pete Carrington who was policing the game as a member of the Blue Squad said that, ‘’if protestors had broken in Lancaster park-someone would’ve got killed.’’ Rugby supporters also became more violent and some threw whatever objects they had such as blocks of broken concrete or cans of beer at the anti-tour protestors.
The Springboks however won the second test at Athletic Park in Wellington 24-12. More than 7000 protestors assembled in central Wellington to help block motorways and roads so that it was difficult for the rugby spectators to reach the venue. The police, protestors and supporters met once again resulting in fights outside residential streets close to Athletic Park.
The final test of the tour was held at Eden Park in Auckland. This was the most anticipated match of the tour as it was the decider for who the winner of the series would be. The police went all out with security such as using containers filled with tonnes of sand to
At the second test against the All Blacks on the 29th of August thousands of protestors gathered. Protestors surrounded the streets to Athletic Park in...