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


There are things within the walls of Weir House which throw all else into the shade.

On Monday night, March 20, the Annual House Meeting took place in the Weir House Common Room. A report of accounts was given and last year's secretary, Mr Falconer, delivered the minutes of the 1960 meeting. The President, Mr Powles, proceeded then to give his annual report for 1960 and laid it on the table for discussion when he finished; whereupon a criticism was levelled at the report by Mr Hinch (a committee member of last year). He attacked the president's report and pointed out omissions which, he remarked, should have been inserted in the president's report.

Mr Powles remarked that the report constituted mainly the president's comments rather than a detailed report which was already printed in the House Magazine.

A senior member of the House, Mr Palmer, voiced his opinion that he favoured Mr Hinch, though he thought the report was valuable and should stand, but with the omissions inserted. Such omissions as a report on academic and sporting achievements for the annual period of 1960 were deemed important.

The Amendments were agreed on by the House and the report was accepted.

The retiring president on behalf of his 1960 committee wished the new committee and the House well for 1961, urging the House to give of its best in support of the committee. The newly appointed committee is as follows:—
  • President: Michael Sladden.
  • Vice-president: David Leitch.
  • Secretary: Michael McCarthy.
  • Treasurer: John Lander.
  • Members: Paul Buckley, Allan Mclnnes.

The first meeting of the House with the newly appointed committee was then conducted. The Freshers were cordially welcomed by the president and then there was an open floor discussion on many topics. Points were raised concerning meals, social activities, board, etc.