Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 7. 1969.
Mr David Howman and the Sports Committee rejected an Annual General Meeting policy motion "on the grounds that total severence of communication between New Zealand and countries practising apartheid can only lead to a hardening of attitudes by the governments of those countries" (Salient 5).
This is expediency not reason. Continued contacts can help to entrench apartheid in sport by absolving South Africans and New Zealanders from the need to do anything about it. For example, South Africa only bowed to the wishes of the N.Z. Rugby Union the Sports Committee? Surely they when they were given a "No-Maoris, No-Tour" ultimatum.
How sincere is Mr Howman and the Sports Committee? Surely they know that that contact they speak of is only with while South Africans while contact between New Zealand sportsmen and non-white South Africans is either non-existent or secret.
Until the South African government allows sport to be organised on non-racial lines we should cease all sporting contact). It is difficult to believe that their attitudes can get harder than they already are.
A. M. Lobus.