5 Oct 2019

Anti-Springbok-tour veterans on the power of HART

From Saturday Morning, 8:10 am on 5 October 2019
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HART badge Photo: supplied / Victoria University

New Zealand protest group Halt All Racist Tours (HART) formed in 1969 to protest against sporting contact with apartheid South Africa.

In 1981 the issue of whether the All Blacks should play the Springboks came to a head with the nation so violently divided that it is acknowledged as being the closest New Zealand came to civil war in the 20th century.

Kim talked to HART founding member Trevor Richards and former All Black and protester Robert Burgess about how they felt at the time and what it's like to look back from 50 years on.

Victoria University of Wellington and the National Library are holding an event on 12 October to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of HART.