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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University of Wellington. Vol. 24, No. 5. 1961

A Meeting Ground

A Meeting Ground

It was primarily intended as a meeting ground for Maoris, although since its inception as a club membership has been opened to non-Maoris as well. In the latter case, the pakehas have served the club very well insofar as their presence in it has turned the club into a meeting place for both Maori and pakeha. The club also had as its aim the stimulating and preservation of Maori culture. There are discussion groups on aspects of the Maori today, and tomorrow. Prominent citizens were last year invited to give talks and to answer questions relevant to their topics of discussion. The result has been a broadening of the club's policy.

Nevertheless, there was still some minor criticism from the Students' Association—that the Maori Club still seemed to isolate itself from university life as a whole.

As a result, the club took deliberate steps to take an active part in student activities. It began by running the Orientation Ball in 1959 and by entering a float for "procesh."