The Maori people of Waikato and the surrounding districts are taking an active part in assisting in the development of the new University of Waikato at Hamilton.
The number of students is rapidly growing and within 15 years the University will have at least 5000 students. Since university accommodation is a necessity if all these people are to be adequately housed, the University of Waikato is appealing for funds for the building of Halls of Residence. The total target figure of £120,000 will be eligible for a four to one Government subsidy which will increase the amount available to £600,000.
As many of the University's students will be Maori, the Maori people of the district are taking a most active interest in the project, and a committee representing the Maori community has pledged its support with a target of £30,000 as their contribution to the total amount of £120,000.
On the opposite page there is published an article by the Maori Control Committee for the University of Waikato Halls of Residence Campaign. This group includes representatives of the two Maori District Councils in the university district (Waikato-Maniapoto and Waiariki), several branches of the Maori Women's Welfare League, and other organisations and areas. Its members are: Mr M. R. Jones (chairman), Mr H. Rogers (deputy chairman), Mr M. Raureti, Mr H. Northcroft, Mr J. Rangihau, Mr D. Royal, the Rev. M. Bennett, Mrs R. Sage, Mrs Schuster, Mrs C. E. Papesch, Mrs H. Rogers, Mrs D. Sinclair, Mrs O. Hill, Mrs E. Paki, Mrs Kopua, Canon W. Huata, Mr L. Rangi, Mr E. P. Marsh, Mrs S. Murray, Mrs Mihinui, Mrs Hotene, Dr H. Bennett, Mr and Mrs Maxwell, Mr and Mrs Poynton, Mrs M. Perfect, Mrs H. Anaru and Mrs M. Wikaira.
A steering committee composed of members resident near Hamilton includes Dr D. J. Sinclair (chairman), Professor J. Ritchie, Mrs R. Sage, Mrs C. E. Papesch, Canon Huata, Mr L. Rangi, Mr R. Rakena, Mr J. Day and Mr M. Raureti.
Interest in the University's development is all the greater since it is intended as soon as possible to establish at it a school of Maori studies. It was the Governor-General Sir Bernard Fergusson who at the opening of the University of Waikato first suggested that a school of Maori studies should be established there. This proposal drew an immediate response of approval from the Maori elders who were present at the opening, and has since aroused widespread support and enthusiasm.