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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]


Those people around in 1974 will remember the farce of the National Union of Students proposals put forward that year. The plan then was to merge the three student organisations, NZUSA, STANZ (student teachers), and NZTISA (technical institute students).

The whole affair verged on being a debacle, with the only progress (sic) being the formation of a working party to discuss the whole affair.

The working party was also less then successful. Any progress that might have been made was forestalled by the withdrawal of the STANZ delegation. Out of the working party came a 12-page report from its chairman, John Blincoe, which was considered by the national executive of NZUSA in February.

After considering the report John Blincoe was asked to go away and come down with his own view as to how a National Union of Students could operate and this was tabled at the April meeting of the national executive.