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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 7. June 20, 1959

Exec Set-Up Declared Obsolete

Exec Set-Up Declared Obsolete

In his farewell message the immediate past-president of the Students' Association, Mr D. B. Wilson, suggests the organisation of the executive could be improved. Below is what he says.

You now have a new executive and I think that you will find them both hard-working and competent. Next year will be a crucial one for V.U.W.S.A. mainly because of the completion of the Student Union building.

This will entail a terrific amount of work and organisation on the part of the new Executive and the present executive system does not make their task any easier.

When it was introduced there were only about 1500 students and it proved most satisfactory, but I do not think that it can be fully or efficiently geared to a student population of over 3000. For this reason I hope the Association will introduce the new portfolio system in the very near future.

Photo of a man leaning

Retired President speaks.

Student Support

With all the work that is in store for the new executive, one thing is essential—it must have the support of all the students. No executive is going to carry out any scheme, policy or venture unless it is satisfied that it will be in the best interests of the whole student body.

You have chosen this executive (and I think it's a good exec.) and it is now to you to see that they have your support—they all have mine both jointly and severally. If this is done, then they can get on with their work without having to worry about a continual stream of hostile criticism.

There is much that an executive can, and perhaps you consider should, do, but don't forget always to see the executive in its true light.

All Students

They are all students whose main purpose at University is to get further qualifications; they have to do essays, sit terms and pass final examinations and it is for this reason that executive work must, at times, take second place to study.

I have enjoyed my term as your president and the members of the executive with whom I worked, made it all the more enjoyable. They have all served the association well in their respective duties, and the way in which the officers of the association took over the extra work during the Capping period, when I was unfortunately in hospital, earned my sincerest thanks.

In conclusion may I wish the new executive well In what I know will be an extremely busy year and I trust that they will gain as much from their association with the executive, as I have gained from mine.