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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 7, No. 1 March 28, 1944



Progress Report

May, 1943, the annual general meeting of N.Z.U.S.A. gave the Executive of that body a number of investigations to make and actions to take along lines of great interest to constituent student bodies and to individual students. "Salient" of 26/5/43 published the main motions passed at the A.G.M. and now publishes what has become of them in the meantime.


A sub-committee of N.Z.U.S.A. Executive was prepared several weeks before the end of the last term of 1943 to launch a comprehensive propaganda and organisational programme among the four colleges for the holding of a National Student Congress at Easter, 1944. Just as the posters for this were to go to print, A.U.C. announced that they were prepared to hold a tournament at Easter, which by the motion passed at the A.G.M. excluded the holding of full-scale Congress at Easter, 1944. V.U.C. suggested that a modified Congress be held at the same time as tournament. One or two delegates from each College should here discuss the organisation of future Congresses, which, it is hoped, will be held regularly. Colleges were asked for their opinion on this and the matter was still under discussion when tournament was cancelled because of travel restrictions.

Student Labour in the Long Vacation

The motion passed by the A.G.M. that a "deputation should be sent to the Director of Manpower and the Minister of Education to ensure better utilisation of students in wartime with special reference to the long vacation," was considered by the Executive and the conclusion reached that a deputation not equipped with concrete examples of student labour misused would be worse than useless, so colleges have been asked to submit such examples, but with the exception of Otago, have been slow in doing so. Individual students of V.U.C. are hereby requested to bring to the notice of the V.U.C. Executive any cases where they considered the work into which they were manpowered in the 1943-44 vacation was not of national importance or not occupying them as well as they were capable of being occupied for the short period from a national point of view.


Several colleges have submitted individual examples of anomalies in the amounts a scholarship holder can receive. It is understood that the Senate is preparing to take up the whole matter of increasing bursaries with the Government.

Student Representative on Senate

The President of N.Z.U.S.A., Mr. J. B. C. Taylor, after an interview with the Registrar of N.Z.U., made an exhaustive report to the Executive of the methods open to the student body to acquire representatives on the Senate. The report was submitted to the colleges for comment and statement of preference of method to be used. As the most satisfactory methods require amendments in the N.Z.U. [unclear: Act] it has been decided in the meantime that N.Z.U.S.A. should co-operate with Graduate Associations for the nomination of representative graduates for the Court of Convocation Elections.

Affiliation of N.Z.U.S.A. with T.C.S.A.

This matter was referred to the various colleges and it was decided that Training College Students' Associations should be affiliated to a National Union of Students, to which N.Z.U.S.A. should also be affiliated, together with Technical Colleges Student Bodies and Student Nurse Bodies, etc. The next step is the formation of such a National Student Union.