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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 2. March 20, 1957


  • Students' fees are the largest single element in financing the University of New Zealand. It is just and reasonable that students should have a voice on the body which fixes those fees and decides how they should be spent.
  • The University is an adult community. Its governing bodies at every level, including the University Senate, are concerned with some element of student problems, and should therefore contain some element of student representation.
  • Quite apart from the students' rights, the Senate would itself benefit greatly from having some of the scholars at the receiving end of the production line present at its deliberations, as well as scholars at the imparting end.
  • No one can express the views of students on such a body except a student or someone elected by and directly answerable to students.
These are among the points made by Auckland's Law Professor A. G. Davis and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of New Zealand, Dr. G. A. Currie, in proposing and seconding a motion at the Senate meeting on [unclear: 1] March:

"That the Senate promote legislation to amend the University Act to provide for the appointment as a member of the Senate of a nominee of the Executive of the N.Z.U.S.A. provided that such person should be a graduate of the University of N.Z. of not less than 2 years' standing."

The resolution was moved after a Iteter had been read from the Executive of N.Z.U.S.A. requesting (for the 9th year in succession) that the question of having a student member on Senate be considered.