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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1929


page 74


The Easter Tournament held this year at Christchurch will go down in history, not only because V.U.C. won the shield, but also because at it was officially founded the New Zealand National Union of Students, or N.Z.N.U.S.

At the inaugural meeting, after Messrs. Cabot and Hanan, of Otago University, the sponsors of the movement, had outlined their past activities, Professor Shelley gave the inaugural address. He spoke of the importance (and, incidentally, the frequent futility of conferences to-day, and of the importance of international contacts for students. The University of to-day, he said, hail outgrown its block of buildings and should provide opportunities for travel, including foreign travel, for those who are really students. This problem the N.U.S. intended to attempt to solve. He referred also to the question of text books and of the lecture system which were to be investigated by the N.U.S. and which certainly needed attention.

After the public meeting, a meeting of the delegates from the four colleges and the Federation of University Women was held, at which the constitution of the N.U.S. was adopted. The delegates held frequent meetings during Tournaments, and elected a Council, which will meet once a year, and an Executive. Mr. P. S. de Q. Cabot was elected president and Mr. E. B. Taylor secretary. Standing committees were set up in the various colleges to deal with Travel, Internal Affairs, Sport, Debates, Books, etc. Those allotted to V.U.C. were Books and Debates.

The N.U.S. is now the official body representing the students of the New Zealand University. It will act whenever combined action on the part of the students is desirable and will arrange matters such as athletic tours, debating tours, importation of text books. Through it New Zealand is connected with the C.I.E., or International Confederation of Students.