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

50 p.c. Increases In Food Charges

50 p.c. Increases In Food Charges

Mr. Levenbach

Mr. Levenbach

The University Council has approved increases of up to 50 per cent in cafeteria prices after discussions between representatives of the Student Union Management Committee and the dining room caterer, Mr F. Levenbach.

Filled rolls are up from 6 cents to 9 cents, doughnuts rise from 4 cents to 6 cents, sandwiches from 5 cents to 7 cents.

Students' Secretary Resigns

The resignation of the Secretary of the Students' Association, John Coucher, was accepted with regret by the Executive last Tuesday night.

John was formerly Accommodation Officer, and was elected Secretary unopposed, but he is never acted as Secetary of the Association.

He was in Australia when the present Executive took office at the beginning of January. The new Accommodation Officer, Susan Kedgey, has been acting Secretary.

John was unsuccessful academically last year, and has had to get [unclear: b]

His post will be filled after an election which will be held within a month.

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.