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Salient: Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Vol. 24, No. 11. 1961

Professor Aikman

Professor Aikman

On Saturday afternoon Prof. Aikman talked on New Zealand Foreign Policy. He was at a disadvantage in that few of his listeners were expert on the subject of New Zealand's foreign policy. Perhaps he accepted this fact. In any case much of the talk was devoted to an historical outline of our foreign policy. My general impression was that New Zealand never did particularly want independence. However, it became increasingly so from 1935 on. The professor explained New Zealand's position as a small country. Security must be a basic motive, even above independence. This can explain her toeing the British line. As a result of this while she must follow regional alliances, yet it is to her advantage to have a strong world organisation. Hence New Zealand's support of the League and the United Nations. Following the same trend in recent years, we are obliged to pay our due respects to the Yanks.

Economically we are in an even more precarious position. All depends on how we sell our produce. Prof. Aikman pointed out the importance to us of England joining the E.E.C. In the discussion later the possibility of Asian markets was dwelt on.

Closer to home is New Zealand's interest in Samoa. New Zealand has been actively involved in Samoa's management and future for many years. (Professor Aikman himself is helping produce Samoa's new constitution).

Although the talk aroused less discussion than did the other two talks, in retrospect I found it most informative of the three. However, on to the third talk . . .