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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31, No. 24. October 1, 1968

Will CABTA be reformed?

Will CABTA be reformed?

A controversy similar to that surrounding the 1960 All Black tour to South Africa seems likely to erupt. The Citizens All Black Tour Association (CABTA) led tha protest then against sending an unrepresentative team to South Africa; wil it have to be formed again?

A spokesman for CABTA said that the group felt that its objectives had been achieved when the Government came round to their point of view and as yet sees no reason to reform.

However, the line being taken by Mr T. Morrison (N.Z.R.F.U.), who sees no relation between the M.C.C. incident and us, and by certain of our leading dailies, indicates that the N.Z.R.F.U. might be willing to play the game South Africa's way.

That is to have Maoris designated temporary "white men" for the purpose of their Sporting Manoeuvres. It may well be that "CABTA" or something similar will have to reform and fight the battle.

What is at stake is not whether apartheid is right or wrong; It is not whether or not we should respect South Africa's internal arrangements.

It is a question of what constitutes a New Zealand representative team, and is a New Zealand question. It is about issues which are important within the contex tof New Zealand society —it bears on the outside world only indirectly.

Since the term All Black is synonymous with New Zealand and since any team given that name might be said to be representativ of New Zealand, the concept of an All Black team from which any section of the community is excluded is an invalid one.