Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 11. 1967.
Students March-Vietnam Protest — campus uprising
Students March-Vietnam Protest
The numbers in the Vietnam march to Parliament last week have been hailed as increased anti New Zealand participation feeling on Campus. At a recent meeting the University National Party Club disassociated itself from several Government statements on Vietnam.
It has been estimated 800 placard carrying lecturers and students marched to Parliament protesting against further military involvment in the Vietnam war.
The march was organised by the recently-formed University Vietnam Peace Committee, which is largely run by University lecturers. Key figures are; Roger Boshier (Psychology Dept), Chris Wainwright (Political Science Dept.), Geoffrey Bertram (Geography Dept.) Rod Alley (Political Science Dept.), Peter Blizard (Psychology Dept.) and John Nicholls (Education Dept.).
Although the daily coverage was generally accurate figures on numbers taking part in the demonstration were somewhat at variance.
The Evening Post managed to claim 5000 and 1800 demonstrators in one report. The Dominion said 700 yet managed to print a photograph of the demonstration which suggested the figure was excessively conservative.
National club dissents
Salient estimated up to 2000 people took part in the demonstration.
A committee meeting of the VUW National Party Club last week passed the following motions disagreeing with the Government.
That one member of the Committee join the Committee on Vietnam deputation which may be received by the Prime Minister as a result of Tuesday's demonstration.
That the Committee direct its delegate to inform the Prime Minister that the Committee disassociates itself from the attack made by the Prime Minister on Colonel Low as reported in the Evening Post 29/7/67 and from the Prime Minister's statement quoted in the Evening Post 2/8/67 that "those who trumpet loudest that the United States is pulling the strings in Vietnam are themselves in danger of dancing to the tune of Communist North Vietnam and Communist China" and urges Mr. Holyoake to answer critics of his Vietnam policy with rational argument rather than with personally directed invective.
This is not the first time the Club has deviated from National Party policy. In 1966 the Club released statements condemning both the News Media Ownership and the Narcotics Bills.