Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 1. 1965.
[note regarding the last issue of 1964, Arts in New Zealand]
The last issue of Salient '64 was a unique one, being devoted entirely to "The Arts in New Zealand." Specialist writers from the field of the arts wrote for the paper, which was distributed more widely throughout New Zealand than is usually the case with Salient.
The venture, brain-child of Anthony Haas, was a successful one—successful because it inspired a considerable amount of comment and criticism, some of it favourable, some of it unfavourable.
Ian Cross, the well-known TV Commentator, was inclined to the critical, suggesting that, by soliciting the views of experts, Salient was eagerly embracing middle-aged thought on the arts. Mr. D. J. Riddiford (M.P. Wellington Central', Mr. J. G. Edwards (M.P. Napier) and Mr. Walter Nash (M.P. Hutt) all wrote congratulating Salient on the venture.
In the newspapers, "The Dom" in his Inside Column made brief mention, and Owen Jensen in The Evening Post claimed that the issue should be "required reading" for all. Also of interest was Louis (Listener-battler) Johnson who, in an obscure little magazine called Dispute, hammered away at Salient and its contributors with gay abandon and little reason.
This year Salient will be producing a supplement with Science as its theme. The aim will be to examine the place of Science in New Zealand today, as well as what it is achieving, and what it ought to achieve. If it evokes as much comment and criticism as did the Arts issue in 1964, it will be a worth-while venture.