This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour to New Zealand and the protests which reverberated around the world from it.
Former National Organiser for HART (Halt all Racist Tours) John Minto is traveling around the country holding meetings in all the centres which hosted the Springboks in 1981 on the actual dates of the games.
“We will be celebrating the protests against apartheid in South Africa and stepping up the campaign against apartheid in Israel” says John Minto.
The tour had a big impact in South Africa and a lasting impact in New Zealand by deepening the debate about racism in our own backyard.
The details of the public meetings along the way are on the poster pasted below.
Speaking at the meetings we have various combinations of protest leaders from 1981, former All Blacks, Iwi leaders, a former Red Squad Inspector, South Africans and Palestinians.
The meetings are public and media representatives are warmly invited to attend and report on them.
Background to apartheid in Israel:
2021 has been a turning point in the Palestinian struggle as the wider world now understands Israel as an apartheid state.
Palestinians and South Africans have always seen Israel in this light.
Nobel-Peace-Prize-winner and good friend of New Zealand, South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu has described Israeli apartheid as worse than that suffered by Black South Africans.
“I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing in the Holy Land that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under apartheid,” says Tutu.
“We could not have achieved our democracy without the help of people around the world, who through… non-violent means, such as boycotts and disinvestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the apartheid regime”
Of Israel Tutu says the world should “Call it apartheid and boycott!”
In January this year the largest and most respected Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem released a landmark report calling Israel “A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea”. In its report B’Tselem says: “the terms we have used in recent years to describe the situation – such as “prolonged occupation” or a“one-state reality” – are no longer adequate…
In eight pages they detail what they describe as the “four major methods the Israeli regime uses to advance Jewish supremacy”: “Immigration – for Jews only”; “Taking over land for Jews while crowding Palestinians in enclaves”; “Restriction of Palestinians’ freedom of movement” and “Denial of Palestinians’ right to political representation” and concludes:
“These accumulated measures, their pervasiveness in legislation and political practice, and the public and judicial support they receive – all form the basis for our conclusion that the bar for labelling the Israeli regime as apartheid has been met…”
“…A regime that uses laws, practices and organized violence to cement the supremacy of one group over another is an apartheid regime…”
B’Tselem was joined in April by the huge US-based, Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning organisation Human Rights Watch which released a 213-page report detailing how Israeli policies constitute “crimes of apartheid and persecution” against Palestinians.
Former National Organiser for HART (Halt All Racist Tours)
Current National Chair PSNA (Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa)
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On the eve of the Government’s consultation on changes to interest deductibility closing, Property Council New Zealand has written to the Government to rethink its approach to getting more houses built, says Property Council New Zealand Chief Executive Leonie Freeman.
“Our members have been clear. The Government’s proposed changes to interest deductibility rules will have a significant chilling effect on increasing supply at scale and pace.
“We support the Government using its whole toolbox to build more houses. In our view, the proposed changes make it less likely people are going to help the Government build more houses for Kiwis.
“While exempting new builds is encouraging, the Government has an array of levers it can pull to incentivise more housing to be built that don’t pull the rug out from under the feet of developments.”
Property Council has seen increasing interest in Build-to-Rent development, a new asset class that aims to provide long-term rentals where tenants are treated as customers.
“To amplify the potential of Build-to-Rent, the Government needs to create the right settings,” says Freeman.
“We have specifically requested the Government exempt Build-to-Rent developments from the interest deductibility proposal to encourage this dynamic new asset class. Feedback we have had is compelling – these rule changes will make it much more difficult for Build-to-Rent’s potential to be unlocked.
“The Government has long said it aims to tackle New Zealand’s housing crisis and help more Kiwis into homes. It should not be tinkering with tax settings to make developments more difficult.
“Instead of robbing Peter to pay themselves, the Government should focus on reforming planning laws, allowing councils to free up more land, supporting the development of local infrastructure and reducing costs and red tape on new supply to house more New Zealanders.”
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As the clock counts down towards the 2022 Castrol Toyota Racing Series and its 18th season, some number crunching at TOYOTA GAZOO Racing New Zealand of the previous 17 championships has revealed some outstanding high achievers – none more so than Daniel Gaunt.
Gaunt, of course, has some very recent 'history' in the category having led a large chunk of the New Zealand Grand Prix earlier this year before being passed by the unstoppable Shane van Gisbergen.
He's also been a regular test driver for the FT60 in the last year or two and of course partnered Tayler Bryant to success in the Toyota 86 endurance series at the end of 2020 with a couple of very impressive drives that showed he had lost none of his pace or prowess.
What the statistics revealed, however, is that across all of the numbers combined he is the most successful Castrol Toyota Racing Series driver there has been in the history of the category – a fact he achieved not just with speed, but also with remarkable consistency.
The 'purest' measure of course, is on wins and Daniel tops the table with 20 wins, three ahead of Earl Bamber and Andy Knight. His consistency is apparent when second and third place finishes are also added up. Daniel has the second highest tally of seconds and the highest tally of thirds. In total Gaunt has made an incredible 47 appearances on the TRS podium – so far……
Despite being outside of the top five in terms of TRS races entered, he also is the second highest all-time points scorer, just 22 behind Knight's 4259 all-time haul. Both Knight and Gaunt are also comfortably ahead of the third placed scorer in the stats, Ben Harford who's a good margin ahead of Earl Bamber and the Leitch brothers Damon and Brendon. Showing he's a speed merchant as well as a racer, Gaunt also sits second in the all-time list of pole position holders, though the comfortable leader there is Mitch Evans on 20.
“It's incredible to look back at these stats,” said Gaunt. “You don't realise that what you're doing at the time is going to stand the test of time. There have been some incredibly talented drivers come through TRS. My advice to young guys would be to stop, take the time and enjoy the achievement and moments along the way….”
Also evident in the statistics was just how international the championship has been over the years.
The championship is fast approaching 20 drivers who have gone on to test or race at the pinnacle of the sport – F1 -and that statistic will of course come soon enough, but drivers from no fewer than 39 countries have graced the tracks of New Zealand with their skills. New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain sit in the top three positions in those stats to date.