Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 3, April 6th, 1949.
He went on "without a sufficient Student Association building our students cannot enjoy the interplay of minds and discussions that bring the tolerance and understanding that is the real value of University training . . . such a building is not to be regarded as merely a convenience, but as an end in itself."
Mr. Wild then broke the news to the diners that "we have just received the insiplring news that the. Govt. has agreed to enlarge that limit (on the subsidy) up to £70,000. That means that, if we can bring that £15,000 which we have in hand up to £35,000—If we can now collect another £20,000—we shall receive £70,000 from the Govt., and we shall have a total of £105,000."
"Already" he said "we have a promise of £1,000 from one donor, two amounts of £250 each on condition that another eight similar sums are received, two more of £100 each, and one from a recent graduate, an exprisoner of war with his own way to make in life, of £25."
Also, he said, the college staff have generously offered to make voluntary contributions from their salaries which will bring in another £700 or £800. He pointed out that "this is the first time that V.U.C. has ever made a general appeal to the Public for financial assistance."
Mr. T. D. M. Stout outlined the facilities which were offered at Victoria for different faculties. "In other cities" he commented, "the university has had valuable and sustained assistance from the citizens . . . We feel that Victoria has only to make itself and its wants known to our leading citizens and our local to get all the support we need."