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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 4. 22 March 1972



The most important practical part of the Conference was the meetings of tactical planning groups on Sunday mornings. These groups reported back to the full Conference on Sunday afternoon, and their reports with minor alterations were adopted and referred for action to the proposed national Co-ordinating Committee which will be established at a meeting of the Conference Planning Committee, to representatives of the organisations which sponsored the conference end to other interested organisations.

The Diplomacy planning committee decided that Philip's activites could be countered by offering speakers to groups which invited him to speak, reproducing his speeches (or rather his one basic speech) with the appropriate corrections for distribution at meetings he addresses, monitoring his activities and those of his staff to find out what they are doing, end documenting his activities and presenting a report to the U.N. This group also decided to take action against the three honorary Portugese consuls in New Zealand, and called for a report on the activities of the South African Front organisations, such as the Friends of South Africa. The New Zealand Government should establish diplomatic representation in one African state as a high priority-Kenya and Zambia were mentioned. The Liberation Movements in Southern Africa, the Organisation for African Unity and individual African countries should be asked to appoint representatives in New Zealand, or Australia and New Zealand. The New Zealand Government, it was decided, was making insufficient provision for the distribution of United Nations information, and the N.Z.B.C. should be asked to take the U.N.'s free radio programme. Continuous pressure is needed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to improve New Zealand's voting record in the U.N. on questions concerning Southern Africa, and the Government should be urged to make financial contributions to the Trust Fund for South Africa, the Educational and Training Programme for Southern Africa and the Trust Fund for Namibia (South West Africa) initially equal to its contribution to the 1974 Commonwealth Games. It was also agreed that the anti-apartheid groups in New Zealand should exploit all opportunities at the U.N. to establish contacts with the Apartheid Committee, the Committee on Racial Discrimination and other committees which representatives of various non-official organisations can attend. Trevor Richards of H.A.R.T., Tom Newnham of C.A.R.E. and Pat Hohepa are going to the U.N. this week to attend a meeting of the U.N. Committee on Apartheid.

The Conference further decided on a compromise resolution urging that anti- apartheid groups should work for the severance of diplomatic contacts between South Africa and New Zealend.

The planning committee on aid to liberation movements in Southern Africa stressed that it was well aware that it was at the very beginning of its work. It recommended a co-ordinating committee to collect contributions for liberation movements which should approach national organisations, such as the F.O.L. for support.

The planning committee on worker action and trade boycotts called for personal boycotts of South African goods. Government removal of all tariff preferences on ell South African products, an embargo on all South African goods produced under discrimanatory wage rates and labour laws; endeavours to persuade all individuals and companies in New Zealand to cut off investments and financial activities in South Africa, and invited N.Z. U.S.A. to investigate the possibility of individuals acquiring voices in companies with interests in South Africa. The committee's most important recommendations were to work to persuade trade unions not to provide any services for racist sports teams visiting New Zealand and to help give effect to the declared anti-apartheid feelings of New Zealand trade unions. Pet Kelly representing the Northern Drivers Union emphasised that it was most difficult to achieve actual participation by the trade union movement, but stressed that only workers could stop the apartheid system. "We have now in F.O.L. policy, all that is required to implement all you have spoken about", he said.