Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 10. June 14, 1939
In last week's "Salient" a short article under the above heading appeared, for the insertion of which I was responsible. Readers will remember that the special food issue attacked in a reasoned and careful manner the food standards of New Zealand, examples of unscientific feeding being produced from many sources both in the leading article and the subsidiary paragraphs.
It has been pointed out to mo that the article on Weir House—which was merely the report of an Interview with Miss A. E. Lorimer, M.Sc., A.I.C., on the subject—has been misconstrued in certain quarters as (a) a direct attack on those In charge of Weir House, and (b) an assertion that Weir House was equivalent to a common boarding house.
I think It will be obvious to those who read the last issue carefully that there was definitely no such Intention. Weir House has obviously many great advantages over the ordinary boarding house and is managed Infinitely better, the standard of food supplied at Weir is probably equivalent, but not superior to the average standard of food values in New Zealand. What was being attacked was not specifically Weir House or its management, but the wrong and unscientific notions of food values so prevalent to-day, Weir House being given as an example merely to [unclear: emphasise] the main thesis.
For any misconception of this isolated article due to my faulty exposition of the facts I wish to apologise sincerely; but I wish to emphasise that the facts stated, unless disproved must be taken as true.—
—R. L. Meek.