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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Number 19, 1976.]

Colonial or Imperialist?

Colonial or Imperialist?

The third group of papers, and in my opinion the weakest, are those on the colonial question. There is considerable debate, at least amongst left-wingers, whether the struggle against foreign control is an important one. Is New Zealand essentially a colonial country, or an imperialist one?

Peter Rotherham provides an interesting outline of Samoan resistence to New Zealand colonialism, and Keith Locke backs him up by identifying relations with imperialist world. Wayne Robinson tends to take the alternative approach, arguing colonial status. Rob Campbell, whose notes could with value have been expanded, notes that N.Z. is a "kept woman of international finance", but we should still oppose foreign capital.