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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 8. August 3, 1959

Good From Evil

Good From Evil

Amidst all this houhah about the 1960 South African rugby tour deserved votes of thanks to the New Zealand Rugby Football Union have gone forgotten.

Not for many years have the Maori people looked so united and determined as they have over this issue. Forgotten in the main issue are King movements and tribal differences. It is a simple matter of racial integrity. A united front breached by a miniscule few.

For this the N.Z.R.F.U. deserve thanks.

But more than this practically every right-thinking person in the country has reawakened to the fact that all could do so much more for Maori-Pakeha inter-relations and understanding.

For so long we have convinced ourselves the problem would solve itself if quietly left alone. It lay buried under a thin camouflage net raised, and for this we thank them, by the N.Z.R.F.U.

No matter what happens to the numerous protests against "The Union's" decision, and we earnestly pray they will succeed for humanity's sake, New Zealand will not be able to allow the main problem to drop obligingly into the background.

New Zealand's own problems of racial discrimination be they social or economic or just plain wrong-headedness will have to be faced. Thank you New Zealand Rugby Union for reminding us.