Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31, No. 24. October 1, 1968
[Policies of candidates Edward Hill, Yvonne Grove and Tony Hass]
Edward Hill has been a director of a British Shipping Company, a Major and Staff Officer during the Second World War, and a clergyman for seven years after the war.
From 1953 to 1956 Mr Hill was Mayor of New Plymouth. Since then he has been doing social work and is now doing a Ph.D.
If elected Mr Hill would seek to introduce a folk museum of old provincial houses to preserve part of our early history. Space for exhibiting local artists work, and pedestrian-priority streets are other policies. Because heavy traffic makes shopping in Kelburn difficult, Mr Hill would like the shopping area moved around to the top of the cable car. This would result in an increase in trade for them from the cable car users.
What can the City Council do for students?
It can start worrying about Kelburn, thinks Mrs Yvonne Grove, a training college and university student, who is standing for City Council.
Mrs Grove, 29, is an NZBC current affairs panelist and a foundation member of CARP and has been active in the WEA. She has even invaded the man's world of trade unionism as a union representative and committee woman.
• City-Council-subsidised student accommodation— blocks of cheap flats rather than halls of residence in the Kelburn area;
• Subsidising services to the old, such as those provided by the City Mission.
• Making grants to encourage the development of cultural groups;
• Guaranteeing that no request for the right to speak in the city for a minority viewpoint will be turned down.
For years now we have heard the bromide "we love the young folk".
But the odds are so weighted against those not already established that it makes a mockery of democracy.
The first impediment is provided by the political parties. On this occasion, those of us who have been working steadily within the Labour Party to make a contribution to its strength have found Labour in a more accomodating mood and are more willing to accept young and university people as their candidates.
Shortage of big finance is an impediment.
Then the Press and NZBC clam up. Evening Post and NZBC adherence to their well intentioned but misguided policy of "balance" not only is near impossible to implement, but works hardest against those not already established.