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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Student's Newspaper. Volume 31, Number 1. March 3 1968

Graduation Ball at Curious Cove

Graduation Ball at Curious Cove

This photograph was taken by Bill Williams at the Graduation ball which concluded this year's Congress at Curious Cove.

This was at the end of a week of discussions, debates and talks.

Mr Theo Roy. Senior Lecturer in Politics at Waikato University, spoke on the subject "Understanding Asians."

He said that the key to understanding of culture is above all knowledge of instinctive and irrational attitudes ingrained in that culture — a folk form of an ideology."

Mr Norman Kingsbury, Registrar of the University of Waikato. spoke about the role of the student. Mr Kingsbury was, from 1959 to 1961 in Leiden. Netherlands, first as Associate Secretary and then as permanent head of the ISC

"New Zealand students feel much less responsibility to society, much less responsibility to influence sosociety than students in other countries," he said. "Students are very silent on national issues in this country. I don't feel students should spend all their time planning revolutions or stoning embassies, but a university should be conscious of the needs of the community."

"We lack a sharp critical faculty. The University must look at the world of ideas conscious all the time of the real world around."

Mr Bill Rowling. Labour Member of Parliament for Buller said the people are to blame for accepting the poor standard of the politicians But he said that "there are more half truths and downright lies in Hansard than we would care to count."

Dr W. B. Sutch pointed to the dangers implicit in overseas control of industry. High employment, which he saw as a distinctly New Zealand achievement was threatened he thought by the extensive control of New Zealand industry by overseas interests, those firms, with an economic philosophy quite different from our own should not be allowed to export either their philosophy or their unemployment to New Zealand.