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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 16, No. 18. September 18, 1952

Constructive Meeting

Constructive Meeting

The August council meeting of the New Zealand University Students' Association discussed three motions which had been passed by Winter Tournament Committee—three motions which may well do a great deal to change the character of N.Z.U.S.A.'s activities. The main one, as amended slightly by the council and passed, was:

"That thin council suggests that owing to the growing complexity of sportlng organisation within the university a sports council should he constituted with power to administer all matters relating to sport at present covered by Winter and Easter tournament constitutions and by the rules referring to sport and sporting finance generally in the constitution of the N.Z U.S.A. and that Winter Tournament Committer continue to discuss this proposal and that all college executives consider it and report to N.Z.U.S.A. not later than three weeks before Good Friday, 1953."

In the discussion on this motion, John Roberts mentioned tne "generally unsatisfactory liaison" that has existed between tournament committees and N.Z.U.S.A. and stressed the desirability of having "an autonomous body for the purpose of relieving N.Z.U.S.A. of its burdensome duties" with regard to sporting matters, Duncan Stewart said that N.Z.U.S.A. "should be a body concerned with national and international student affairs rather than with sporting trivia, which could be adjudicated on by a body established for the exclusive consideration of sport." Reference was made to N.U.A.U.S. (the Australian national student organisation) which is constituted in a similar manner to that proposed above. Out of 314 motions to be considered at its annual meeting, one was related to sport—it was a motion of thanks to the Sports Council for its work during the preceding year.

With regard to the other motions from the tournament committee, it was stated that, in the past, N.Z.U.S.A. had often arbitrarily amended or over-ruled recommendations, often with little or insufficient knowledge of the circumstances surrounding them.

The whole matter will accordingly come up for discussion at the Easter council meeting next year, when it will be decided whether such a body as that proposed shall be set up, and if so, what its constitution and powers will be.