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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 4. 22 March 1972

Sporting Contacts

Sporting Contacts

The Sporting Contacts planning groups gave strong strong support for a stratified attack on the 1973 Springbok Tour of New Zealand. This would mean that everyone who opposed the tour could work at whatever level of protest they felt most suited for themselves. This group unanimously resolved that the 1973 Tour "must and will be stopped" and endorsed the campaigns of H.A.R.T. and C.A.R.E. and other organisations opposing the tour. It expressed disgust at the Rugby Unions gross insult to the Maori people by inviting a white South African team and using Maori land (e.g. Athletic Park) for racist sport. The group also suggested an appeal to all countries which have already severed sporting contacts with South Africa to do the same to New Zealand. Action to oppose the tour by rugby players at A.G.M.s or S.G.M.s of rugby clubs was also strongly urged. The Conference had earlier heard Chris Laidlaw and Bob Burgess state that they would not play against a white Springbok team.

There was disagreement at the Sporting Contacts group meeting over the question of non-violent disruption of the tour as opposed to mass protest A motion "That this Conference support the building of a series of mass non-disruptive protests against the 1973 Springbok Tour" was lost 125 vote votes to 73. It was suggested that this recommendation did not exclude other forms of protest. This resolution aimed at emphasising mass protest rather than non-violent disruptive protest in an attempt to discredit the latter. But it would have been superflous as the Conference had already emphasised a stratified attack on the Tour.