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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 4. April 27, 1959

Indonesian Visit — Here to have a Look

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Indonesian Visit

Here to have a Look

After an extensive six weeks tour of Australia, during which time they visited Universities, students' hostels and community projects, a delegation of six Indonesian student leaders will spend three weeks in New Zealand as the guests of N.Z.U.S.A.

The Australian tour was a reciprocal visit. The Australian students were repaying hospitality accorded to a team of six who visited Indonesia for three months in 1956-57 vacation, as guests of the Indonesian Government.

The itinerary for New Zealand provides a three weeks tour, including visits to each university and agricultural college, and excursions in each of the two islands, one centered on Rotorua and the other on Queenstown. These excursions will give the delegation an opportunity of seeing something of New Zealand outside the main centres.

At the Dunedin end of the tour they will visit Roxburgh Hydro Station, New Zealand's biggest, and see the southern lake country. From Rotorua, apart from seeing thermal attractions, they will visit Tasman Pulp and Paper Mills, the largest in the southern hemisphere, the Wairakei geothermal plant, the only one of it's kind outside Italy, and also Huka Falls, the geyser country, the Hydro schemes at Atiamuri and Whakamaru, and the forest areas.

Wide Representation

The delegation has been chosen by the P.P.M.I., the National Student Union of Indonesia. It is noteworthy that the team, including one woman member, seems to be widely representative of the organisations affiliated to P.P.M.I.

It should be realised that P.P.M.I. is composed of various groups of a regional, religious and social nature.

Three members of the touring team are Moslems and at least two are protestant Christians; five of the six can sing, play instruments or do native dances. They are all third, fourth or fifth year students; two of them doing agricultural courses, two students in political science, whilst one is interested in medicine and another in commerce.

Arrival and Departure

The party will arrive in Auckland on Thursday, April 30 and leave from Auckland for Sydney on Friday, May 22. They will arrive in Wellington on Wednesday, May 13 and leave for Massey on Sunday, May 17.

Victoria is rather unlucky in that we cannot accord them a full-blooded Varsity reception as the visit coincides with vacation. They arrive in Wellington in the middle of first week of the holidays, when all the major student activities, capping, procesh, telephone booth cramming, and such as we have, are in abeyance and they will leave Wellington a day before extravaganza starts.

However, it is hoped that an evening will be held at which the students still in Wellington will have an opportunity of meeting the delegation.

Many may express their doubts as to the value of such a tour; let them be assured that student goodwill is best expressed on a student to student basis. For the students of today will be the leaders of their countries tomorrow.