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Rugby Ball and John Minto

Episode:4Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 6

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation Continuity and Change

Description:What connects a 1956 leather rugby ball and a shiny blue bike helmet? Simon Morton dives into the history store to find out.

Questions for students

  1. Who is John Minto and what impact has he had on New Zealand history?
  2. Why were New Zealanders so concerned about South Africa's law of apartheid in 1981? What was HART?
  3. Some people say that politics has no place in sport. What does this mean? What is your opinion of this? Prepare a speech for a class debate stating your point of view. Use information from this Tale to illustrate your points.
  4. What is the significance of this particular rugby ball? Why was the 1956 test against the Springboks so important? Use the 'Comparisons' response template to compare the reaction to the 1956 Springbok tour with the 1981 tour. What was the same? What had changed? Comment on the possible reasons for the changes.
  5. Rugby is an important part of New Zealand's culture. Why is this? Why do you think emotions run so high over the result of a rugby game? What is your opinion of the place of rugby in our culture?

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