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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 11 June 15, 1938

Again Victoria! — Bledisloe Medal

Again Victoria!

Bledisloe Medal

Victoria in the past few years hue been a coy and shyly blushing maiden, but this year she has brazenly demon strated her winning ways.

"Salient" wishes to congratulate Jack Aimers sincerely on his success in the Bledisloe Medal Contest at, Auckland against strong competition. Taking as his subject Wiremu Tamehana—(here "Salient" will hand over the mike to "The New Zealand Herald"):

Mr. Aimers sketched the life of the Maori kingmaker in a style which was easy and pleasant, without lacking seriousness. He began by picturing with a few deft strokes the peaceful landscape of the Walkato in its 'Golden Age,' about the year 1850, when the Maoris were farming their lands, From this point he traced the rise of the King movement. Wiremu Tamehana's vain efforts to bring about an understanding between the pakeha and his own people, and his death under the shadow of disappointment. The speaker ended by drawing a modern parallel between Tamehana and Haili Selassie. Pathos and logic, he said, were blended in the appeals which each leader had made in the cause of peace.

"Mr. Aimers delivered a splendidly virile and vigorous speech, admirable in matter and arrangement, and excellent in choice of language, phrasing and delivery."

Kingi Tahlwi, speaking on Te Rauparaha, was placed fourth with 80 points. Jack scoring 85.