I was in the middle of the scrum on Molesworth Street on the night of July 29th 1981 when anti-apartheid marchers were batoned by the police. This was four days after the Springbok tour’s first match had been called off, a seminal event leading to the ending of racist apartheid as the pictures reverberated around South Africa. A front-rowers’ collective has organised a 30-year anniversary commemoration at the Loaves and Fishes for Friday 29 July, and invite others to join them for a night of reminiscing and celebrating.
The event will kick off at 7pm but people are welcome to come from 6pm. Finger food will be available and there will be a cash bar. People are welcome to bring byo drinks. Tickets are $15 to cover costs. If you would like to attend contact Paul Tolich 0275 935595 or Sue Ryall 021 380 176 or Helen Kelly. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. The organisers are hoping to arrange for a special event with a hook-up to South Africa; if it goes ahead this will be confirmed by email. The event is not limited to those who were in Wellington and fellow protestors who have now migrated to Wellington are welcome to join the celebrations.