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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 9. 9 May 1972

Racist Pub

Racist Pub


Last Friday night myself and a group of other students were having our Friday night drink in the Grand and as usual we were very casually dressed; as were the majority of other students. At about 7 pm a group of young Maori guys, likewise casually dressed, came and sat beside us in the corner. Shortly after their arrival a large security man came up and asked them to leave because their dress was offensive to the public. They refused to go and were given 10 minutes to reconsider their decision. Ten minutes later the hefty security man backed up by half a dozen equally hefty mates moved in and demanded they go. Their protests that all students were dressed the same, and they were being picked on because they were Maori's were ignored.

On being asked why the Maoris and not us were given the boot we were told to mind our own business. This is terrible and I for one will not drink there again.

D. Wright.