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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 37, Number 1. 6th March 1974


Drawing of a bearded man holding a doll while sitting on a stack of books

Salient letters' columns are generally lively forums reflecting current topics on the minds of students. At one stage last year it threatened to envelop the rest of the paper. Hopefully this year it will develop in the same way. A healthy letters column means that Salient can get a better idea of student opinion and You can see in print your very own literary contributions. We emphasize the word literary as we are unable to print letters that break the libel or obscenity laws (or not very often). All hedonists are welcome to write on the topic of their choice at reasonable length and they are guaranteed to be published. So don't wrap up your troubles in your head, put them down on paper and put them in the box just inside the door to the Salient Office on the middle floor of the Union Building, or give them to the Editor, or mail them to P.O. Box 1347 Wellington.

Towards the end of last year we devoted a lot of space to discussion of the place of the Maori Language in contemporary society. The Rev. Hemi Potatau, a student at this university, began the discussion with a letter, which was followed in later issues with a number of articles. A reply to Hemi's letter took a long time coming, and arrived after we ceased publication last year. Because we feel this issue is of considerable importance, we reprint here Hemi's original letter, a reply to it, and Hemi's response to the reply.