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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Student's Newspaper. Volume 31, Number 1. March 3 1968

Main Meals Up Less

Main Meals Up Less

Tea is 1 cent dearer.

Main course items are up by smaller accounts, generally two or three cents.

This is the second round of price rises in 12 months.

Mr Levenbach had previously been compensated for the government's removal of food subsidies in February last year.


The cumulative price rises now bring the price of doughnuts, for instance, up to 6c, twice what they did in 1966.

Filled rolls now cost 9c, compared with 6d or 5c in 1966.

But, according to the information sheet of the Student Union Management Committee, Mr Levenbach's accounts show rapidly mounting losses despite increased usage of the dining room.

For the first six months of 1967, the loss on food sales was $8234 or 17.8 per cent on sales.

When off-set by the profit on the dining room shop, the loss becomes $5008.

Though Mr Levenbach is expected to make his profit on non-University functions, he is entitled by his contract to break even on sales of food to staff and students.

Accordingly he applied for price increases and, after investigation of his accounts, the Student Union Management Committee recommended to the University Council that they be granted.

The committee accepted that the main cause of the increasing loss on food sales was the rises in costs during the past 15 months.

Snack Bar

With the Government's continued failure to approve the long-awaited extensions to the Student Union Building, over crowding in the dining room has steadily become worse.

To help solve this problem, the Student Union Management Committee has decided to open a temporary snack bar in the Men's and Women's Common Rooms between 11.45 a.m. and 1.45 p.m.

The rooms will be opened into one to provide seating for 120.

These Common Rooms will no longer be available for meetings while the snack bar is operating.