Mobilise May 1st, Fight apartheid, Stop the tour

Stop the Tour Mobilise May 1st

Mobilise May 1st, Fight apartheid, Stop the tour

Poster announcing march times and locations to protest the 1981 South African Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand. The poster features a crowd of black South Africans with their arms raised in the clenched-fist salute. Image and text are coloured dark blue against a pale background. Full text from top: ‘Fight Apartheid, Stop the Tour, Mobilise May 1st. Locations and times are hand written with black marker in space provided. Handwritten text in full: 'March from: Lancaster Park, Sydenham Park, Merivale Mall, Riccarton Mall. Meet 7.00 PM + march to Square. Enquiries 64 065'. Footer text: Published by HART: NZAAM, P.O. Box 9204 Wellington.
The poster was designed and printed by Dave Kent and Chris Lipscombe of Wellington Media Collective. WMC was established in November 1978. Its mission statement 'We will work with you, not for you' enabled communities and activists to create advertising and protest material with the support of professional designers. [Source:]
Historical Note
Friday, 1 May 1981 was the second National Day of Action against the tour, organised nationally by HART: NZAAM to co-ordinate numerous smaller and local protest groups. The first National Day of Action had been on 5 December 1980. In Christchurch, four separate marches were organised from different points in the city (Riccarton, Sydenham, Lancaster Park and Merivale) to converge on Cathedral Square for a rally. Several groups were involved in organising the marches, including the Christchurch Coalition Against the Tour (CAT) and Women Against the Tour.


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