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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 8. 1969.

Caf tenders move quashed

Caf tenders move quashed

No Competitive tenders will be invited when the cafeteria catering contract is re-negotiated this year.

This was decided by the Students Union Management Committee recently.

Four of the student representatives on the committee recorded their abstention from the motion.

One, Mr. Simon Arnold, said: "I believe tenders should be called if students are to get the best deal from their caterer".

Mr. I. H. Boyd, managing-secretary of the Student Union, said it would be better to negotiate without lenders.

"We know the caterer and his standards, and we should start from there", he said.

If a satisfactory arrangement could not be reached, lenders would be called from outside.

Mr. Gerard Curry, president of the Students' Association, said he supported the move because of a clause in the contract which required the committee to notify the caterer by February in the year of renewal if there was to be renegotiation of the contract.

This clause had not been fulfilled.

He said he would probably have voted the same way regardless of this oversight.

He agreed it would be "simple" not to change this this year.

Mr. Curry said that at least one caterer, apart from the present one had expressed interest in the re-negotiation of the contract.