That expansion can lead to large markets for niche products.Sounds like a dream for Kiwi creative businesses.But, there's a monetisation problem.
Ah - product placement - there's the answer - we need to get the NZ tourism industry to kick in every time we show a mountain or a geyser or a lake ....
completely off topic - Graeme - care to comment on this
After that it was civil war; grim determination rather than the more upbeat gatherings earlier in the winter.
it was a very long, cold winter, we started marching at least a month before every Saturday, the cops had been touring the pubs showing off their shiny new batons for a couple of months by then - remember they didn't just play a few tests, they went up and down the country playing provincial teams too, 2 games a week for a month or so, which meant 2 marches a week for a month or so - my car was stolen sometime in the middle of it, the cops weren't that interested in me getting it back.
It was also wonderfully empowering for young Maori - I went to Invercargil, we were terrified of this redneck town, many of us had been arrested in Carisbrook a few days before (who knew only one guy was allowed to blow whistles there ....), we rented furniture vans, filled them with mattresses and snuck into town after the crowd had gone into the game - there were all these local Maori kids who were excited to join us, standing up and proud in public for what seemed to me to be the first time - we snuck back out of town before the game let out, but they stayed behind.
As I said I was more part of HART nationally after the tour - things changed, the whole Maori sovereignty movement sprung to the fore, with more of a "pakeha go home" vibe to it that carried it's own tensions - I think the tour helped move us all, pakeha in particular, forwards to a realisation that the Treaty was unfinished business.
That last day in Dunedin the rain was horizontal in places, and yet everyone came out, it was important, and we completely bamboozled the police, our teams had shutdown TV both in Dunedin and Timaru, as a result there were angry rugby fans outside pubs, unable to hide from the protests because they no longer had a game to watch - and then after that last day it was simply over, and a let down because we hadn't stopped the tour, we felt we'd failed, it was all for nothing - it wasn't obvious until much later that really we had succeeded in the larger sense, we'd redeemed NZ despite the tour.
yes, I'm pretty sure COST was from Wellington too though, CARE was much older (it's all getting hazy) Trevor was certainly a pioneer in there before almost anyone else
There was however a very Wellington/Auckland thing going on (later on it also became an ANC vs. PAC thing with one group supporting one and one the other) - probably also caused by the various left factions that were locally ascendant at the time.
During the tour though there was just lots of stuff to do, some of it terribly scary.
I wonder why there has been little mention of Trevor Richards and important role of HART.
I was on the HART national council just after the tour (a lot of the old guard burned out and understandably wanted to get on with their lives). It was always a very political animal with a clear ongoing policy split between Auckland and Wellington.
There were other (older, initially less radical) anti-apartheid organisations than HART - Trevor started one (COST?) - some had been around since the 60s/70s
HART was a large relatively decentralised organisation with local groups organising in every town - it was how we mobilised all those people without an internet (and with the cops infiltrating our meetings) - remember we held marches and signed people up for months before the tour started - all those people in the streets, we all were HART.
She studied the tour at secondary school as something historical and about other people.
Coming back to NZ after 20 years and having my teenage son studying the tour was a bit disconcerting - I got to talk about my part and .... "um, I don't think you can put that bit I told you, I don't think NZ has a statute of limitations ...", and ... "I think you should ask X (a teacher at his school) directly and confirm what I remembered and see if they want that on paper" ....
I agree - send both of them
When I was first arrested during the tour the cops called my Mum .... she was livid .... and joined us on the next march
The '81 tour (and the years working up to it) were very much my coming of age, I was 21 - it was a long wet cold exciting winter everyone's lives stopped
In '84 I moved to Berkeley CA, decidedly political in it's own right, I saw Patu! in a NZ film festival at the PFA, the well off ex-pats behind us tut-tutted, what was wrong with NZ - they had no idea, I saw it again at the old UC theatre in an anti-apartheid festival - when Muldoon came on there were scattered boos from the kiwis in the audience.
When I had been in the US for 6 months or so I was very homesick, someone sent me an EP, we didn't have a record player, it was over a month before I heard it, it blew me away:
check out the shorts on the guy on the left (and one the PA mast head).
Through all this we had an image in our head of Nelson Mandela - that young strong guy with the beard and a smile the man who walked out of Robin island was old, he looked nothing like what we had remembered, but he still had that smile
I cried the day he was released, tears are flowing now - what more can I say