The third test at Eden Park, Auckland on September is remembered for the flares and flour bombs dropped onto the pitch from a light plane. Outside the ground, violence erupted on an unprecedented scale.
Apartheid was a policy of racial segregation built upon the idea of white supremacy, first enforced in South Africa in 1948 and was one of the main reason anti-tour protestors were so against letting the Springbok team at the time tour here. While most countries had cut sporting ties with South Africa because of this policy, NZ had not and continued to play sport against South Africa. Many feared that by allowing the tour to proceed, NZ would come across as supporters of apartheid.