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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 11. August 1, 1957

Footnotes to Story

Footnotes to Story

I have found "Victoria Story" very interesting- and would like to add some footnotes to the fourth instalment ("She Sold Naughty Books," "Salient." l3th June). Tried together with Miss Weitzel, and putting up a rather more impressive defence, was a man called Wilkinson, whose son has, within the last few years, done some good work in cementing friendly relations between China and New Zealand with Rewi Alley.

Of even more lasting importance was the Park Case, which followed the WeitzeI-Wilkinson case, and was resolved by a more august legal tribunal. Miss Park was a teacher at a Wairarapa primary school who made known the tact that, though not agreeing with Miss Weitzel's politics, she believed her to have been very shabbily treated. The local school committee dismissed Miss Park, but the Education Board after clearing her name of the charge of "subversion" levelled against her by the committee, re-employed her at another school. The Minister (Mr. Parr) intervened to dismiss her again, and the case see NZ Law Reports. 1921) is concerned with Miss Parks [unclear: successfull] appeal against the Minister's claim that he had power to dismiss her regardless of the decision of the board. The judgment at this case is still law and embodies a valuable protection against local McCarthyism