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


New Zealand the the World Assembly of Youth

New Zealand, first joined the World Assembly of Youth in 1963, when a delegation from NZUSA represented this country at a WAY General Assembly.

WAY at that stage appeared to be a very strong organisation. It had a large field staff working throughout the world, a large budget and was involved in numerous development projects in a number of Third World Countries. Although it had no membership from any of the Socialist Countries, it was well represented in Europe and was attracting new members from newly independent Third World Countries.

It appeared to be a vigorous, expanding organisation that New Zealand should be involved in. Yet, thirteen years later it is clear that WAY was never as strong as it then appeared, and many of the problems' that today dominate the organisation had their beginnings in that earlier period.

WAY was formed in 1949, at the height of the Cold War. After World War II in the euphoric atmosphere that led to the birth of the United Nations, attempts were made to form a World Youth organisation, parallel to the United Nations.