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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 22, No. 6. Wednesday, June 24, 1959

C.S.G. Hears O'Regan

C.S.G. Hears O'Regan

Mr. Rolland O'Regan, a prominent Wellington surgeon, addressed a meeting of the Catholic Students' Guild on June 7, on the topical issue of "Racialism and Rugby."

Mr. O'Regan, who is chairman of the newly-formed Citizens' All-Black Tour Committee, said racial discrimination was un-Christian and utterly repugnant to those who profess that all men are brothers.

There was no doubt of the fact that there was colour consciousness in New Zealand, and this must [unclear: oe] crushed by all possible means.

Unfortunately many of these barriers could not be surmounted by making laws or regulations, but when obvious discrimination against the Maori race did appear, then all right-thinking persons should do their best to help stamp it out.


Mr. O'Regan continued that the South African Rugby Union had never asked that Maoris not be included in the team, but it appeared that any Maoris who might be good enough to be selected for the team would suffer humiliation in South Africa.

Therefore it would be better not to send a team at all. It was a pity the New Zealand Rugby Union thought the elusive crown of 'World Rugby Champions' was more important than New Zealand's good name for racial equality.

Mr. O'Regan's talk was well received by the large number of students and professional men present, and provoked much thoughtful discussion.