Author(s): Trevor Richards
New Zealand was one of the countries whose protest made a difference to the current leaders of South Africa - over the years when they were imprisoned, killed, or exiled, by the vicious system known as apartheid. Leading anti-apartheid campaigner Trevor Richards has written a history of New Zealand's contribution to the fight against apartheid in South Africa. This is 'participant history', not autobiography. The story of particular protests (leading eventually to the 1981 tour) are vividly told, and make compelling reading. But this is not an account of one man's battle against the system - it is a serious history of a crucial part of our recent past. Rugby and politics are both central to New Zealand's national psyche. New Zealand's passion for rugby and New Zealand's attitude to race relations are intertwined throughout this account. The history begins in 1902, with the first New Zealand team to take the field against South Africa. It concludes with the celebration of Nelson Mandela's presidency - and the apology of the then Prime Minister Jim Bolger to the people of South Africa for the 1981 tour.