Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33 No. 8. 10 June 1970
Tour Demonstration: — 'Won't Listen to any Arguments'
'Won't Listen to any Arguments'
"A matter now of kicking people around—rather than a football."
That was how Neil Wright, speaking at an anti-tour rally last Friday, described the tour of South Africa, Rhodesia and South West Africa by the All Blacks.
Most of those who had been at the All Black trials regarded the tour as just a matter of kicking a football around, he said. In fact, it was people who were on the receiving end of the boot.
Mr Wright was one of several who spoke to about 180 Victoria University students who had marched through the city to the Rugby Union headquarters in Post Office Square.
Other speakers included NZUSA President Paul Grocott and a waterside worker.
There was no doubt, said Mr Grocott, that the vast majority of New Zealand students was against the tour.
"I'm here representing not only myself, but 30,000 others;" he said,
Mr Grocott, Victoria President Margaret Bryson and Bill Logan then presented a petition to the Rugby Union Secretary, Mr Morgan. The petition was accepted but Mr Morgan said he would not listen to any arguments, an attitude, Mr Logan later told the gathering, typical of the Rugby Union