There’s been a bit of fuss about the ’81 tour lately and whether it is pertinent to today’s politics. For years now I’ve suggested to those too young to remember the tour to watch Patu because it provides a visceral sense of just how important the tour was as a formative political event and it captures the sense of near-civil war that people on both sides of the divide felt at the time.
Now, thanks to the wonders of the interweb and the vision of NZ on Screen, you don’t have to hunt Patu out at the Aro Street video store or from the local university archive.
You can watch Patu online here, and I challenge anyone to watch it and claim the tour is no longer important.
Hat tip: Russell Brown