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

They're a Weird Mob

They're a Weird Mob

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.


There were anxieties about the quantity and quality of meals provided (as is normal with boarders in any establishment). Rugby enthusiasts were deeply concerned about their weight problems. Thomas Wilson was distressed with the amount of starch dished up every meal since he found himself waking stiff every morning. The president sympathised with the residents and appointed a subcommittee to look into the matter of food, but reminded the House that the staff situation was drastic and threatened the residents more inconvenience. (So girls from all quarters and faculties, come and help the Weir Boys if you're not tied up. Indubitably you would be most welcome!)

Where's the Finance Going?

The question of board was brought to the fore when a member of the House claimed that the money collected from board was not being spent wisely.

A Certain Resident Who had Looked Deeply into the Situation Could See a Large Amount Flying Around Which Could not be Accounted for.

"Weir needs a new washing machine," he stated. "We are losing our patience with the temperamental behaviour manifested by the present washing machine."

Social Problems

Apparently the Weir boys are most perturbed about the attitude many girls have adopted towards their home. Consideration is being given to having a social evening to improve relations and make Weir more convivial.

A relaxed informal social evening will be held where open floor discussions will be dealt with by all present.

To cultivate friendship with the oposite [sic] sex is one of the many acute problems confronted by the Weir residents. Of course, the more reserved boys will be given due concern and attention.

Weir Residents can be Assured that this Year will be Full of Highlights for them.