John Minto - 1981 Springbok tour

John Minto, national organiser of Halt All Racist Tours (HART)

'I think the most important impact of the tour in New Zealand was to stimulate the whole debate about racism and about the place of Māori in our community.

'In South Africa the tour helped to bring, I think, a quicker end to the apartheid regime, along with all the other pressures from all around the world.

'The huge disappointment for me, though, is the fact that while black South Africans have gained political rights in South Africa, their economic positions, their social position is in many cases worse than it was than when they were under white minority rule and that is because of the free market policies being followed by the ANC government.'

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Hilary Symons

Posted: 01 Jul 2014

I am interested in emailing John Minto as I have a poem which I think he will find very interesting. It is with regard to the Maoris not being accepted for the All Blacks. It was at the time quite provocative and has not yet been published in any way. Would appreciate if you would pass on this message and/or ask him to email me. With thanks, kind regards

Hilary Symons

Posted: 14 May 2010

I am interested in emailing John Minto as I have a poem which I think he will find very interesting. It is with regard to the Maoris not being accepted for the All Blacks. It was at the time quite provocative and has not yet been published in any way. Would appreciate if you would pass on this message and/or ask him to email me. With thanks, kind regards