Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 6. April 24, 1952
Vive La Haka-Party? — A Dinosaur Co-Operates
Vive La Haka-Party?
A Dinosaur Co-Operates
"All things come to him who waits" says the old proverb and here at last comes a word of praise for that much maligned institution, the Haka-Party. All those people who in the past have criticised these worthy representatives of Weir House for diverse fallings ranging from "Wasting their own time and money, set of drunken rascals, etc., etc." to "breaking up a well-organised show, setting the public against us, etc." must now bow their heads and acknowledge, after the events of [unclear: tournament] weekend, that the Haka-Party has, somewhat tardily, come of age. With the accent on cooperation with tournament officials and careful organisation, the Weir House savages provided a spark of life (and a certain amount of spirit) wherever they appeared.
We are reliably informed (to coin a phrase) that publicity for the boxing and athletics was almost entirely due to the Haka-Party who went the rounds on Wednesday forcing advertising cards on innocent shop-keepers. We treasure the memory of the corsetry shop with cards neatly tucket! into all the models' girdles.
The city council unlike its more en-lightened counterpart in Dunedin who realised that students like the poor are always with us and acted accordingly, issued an edict forbidding any sort of procession and the selling of programme on the streets. (We must not be hard on them, however, perhaps they had traffic problems or something). Despite this wise and provident ruling 14 Haka-Party members sold 600 programmes, a very noble effort. How much this salesmanship was due to the assistance of a mysterious dinosaur (subsequently arrested by members of Wellington's finest) is hard to say. Suffice to say that all the programmes were sold.
The savages with the dinosaur met the boat and train at 7p.m. on Friday morning with a rousing reception. Then on Saturday morning we saw signs of grass skirts at rowing, basketball and tennis and were just calculating the percentage of savages who must have fallen by the wayside when the whole mob suddenly reappeared to the skirl of pipes at Saturday's athletics. The dinosaur was this accompanied by a moa which was hunted round the ground in the best Maori tradition.
Saturday night's boxing saw the Haka-Party slipping—the fake boxing bout received and deserved a lukewarm reception. The boxers were too sober and the crowd in no mood for them.
The shambles to end all shambles however occurred at the swimming on, Monday night when the Savages [unclear: achieved] a real tour de-force. The [unclear: mermaid] ("How"), the ducks (all alive-o) and the stunt diving (very nearly dead-o) combined to give an uproarious ending to a more or less serious evening's sport. Moreover, we did note with approval the silence which this otherwise vociferous group maintained during the serious events. The crowd expected to sec someone fall into the water and were not disappointed, among the bathers being the august president of the Students Association (the second time within the week that this worthy gentleman nearly met Death by Water).
To end on a more serious note: It seems at last that the Haka-Party has justified its existence. With a definite [unclear: purpose] in view and a Certain amount of organisation [unclear: behind], it has achieved outstanding [unclear: success] in amusing [unclear: the crowd and] advertising our functions. Despite a generous grant from [unclear: Exec.] for liquid refreshment, nobody made fools of themselves [unclear: in] public and the work, practice and organisation that must have been put in was very evident. A word of praise for this must go to [unclear: Messers.] Norm Harris, Paul Cullinane [unclear: and Larny Floretine], who, we feel should [unclear: be congratulated] on producing and presenting a first class show.