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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 14. July 21, 1971

Andy Wright Says:

Andy Wright Says:

Friday night was the meeting that involved the most shit-stirring. This was the meeting of the finance commission of NZUSA and was attended by most student association Treasurers along with their sports reps.

Rob Garlick of Auckland set the tone of the meeting with a general shit-stir about the minutes of the last meeting. After his objections were sorted out discussion of the NZUSA budget arose. Last year the NZUSA Executive was expanded to comprise: (a) President Exec and (b) Full Exec - includes representatives from each university.

It was planned in this year's budget to allow for the cost of return air fares for university delegates to the full Exec but strong disagreement arose.

Auckland proposed deleting the travel cost altogether but there was no seconder for this motion. Massey then proposed that 2nd class return surface fare only be paid and this was seconded by Vic's Treasurer, "Scrooge McWebb".

Auckland abstained from approving the budget because approximately 70% of it went on travel. Although this was altered in areas it wasn't enough to suit Auckland whose exec seemed slightly pissed off with NZUSA. Due to an administrative mess up budgets were received only four days before the A.G.M. and Auckland felt it hadn't had enough time to go into it.

As regards the travel costs it should be pointed out that NZUSA Exec members and Blues Panel members give their services voluntarily and the travel costs are for the cost of transporting them to the various Tournaments which, of necessity they must attend.

Finance Commission recommended to the A.G.M. that the constant 6c per student p.a. levy for tours by sports teams overseas be amended to allow the Treasurers to fix the amount payable to the tour fund each year.

Distribution of costs arose and while Auckland agreed to a pro rata basis for the allocation of the administration budget they wouldn't agree to the same type of allocation for the recovery account for Tournaments.

The situation at the moment is that Auckland, Vic, Canterbury, and Otago bear 20% of each Tournament with the remaining 20% being borne by Waikato, Massey and Lincoln. It was proposed to change this to payment on a pro rata basis. Auckland would then pay 27%, Vic 16%, Canterbury 21% and Otago 15%.

Needless to say Auckland wouldn't accept this increased cost although Canterbury would. As the recommendation to the AGM had to be unanimous it lapsed becuase of Auckland's dissent. At the same time Lincoln made it clear that it was opposed to the present system of allocation and wished the pro rata system to come into effect.