[26th and 27 March 1946]
Women from Britain
Mr. Editor, – May I say that I think the formation of a club for Englishwomen is an excellent idea – and I am a New Zealander.
I wish this club every success, and I hope it brings pleasure to many women who are far from their homeland. Everyone who lives in New Zealand and earns a living here is a citizen of this country and owes it, in return, loyalty and affection. But however fond one grows of one’s adopted country, it is not the land of one’s birth.
I hope this club will help many a newcomer to New Zealand over her homesickness and help her to settle down happily. Good luck to your club, “Englishwoman”. NEW ZEALANDER
Hastings, March 26, 1946.
Mr. Editor, – I would like to thank “Tui” for her courage. I heartedly endorse her remarks, as expressed in her letter of March 21. I am also proud to be a New Zealand-born woman. – “KIWI”.
Hastings, March 27, 1946.
Mr. Editor, – Might I ask some of the British women who seem to be so eager for a British Women’s club what class of women will be welcome? Is it to be for all classes, where Mrs O’Grady and the Colonel’s Lady will meet as equals? Or will it degenerate, as most of these women’s organisations do, into a class affair? Will the members who belong to the professional and wealthy farmers’ class really mix with allcomers, even if they should be charwomen? Or will they sit in a seat by themselves and smile with a sweet patronage at the common herd?
For myself, I think there is no need for such a club. There are plenty of guilds and clubs, both secular and religious, to meet every woman’s needs. If only the members would once and for all be really sociable and forget class distinctions.
I have lived 33 years in New Zealand and 33 in England. Since I have been here, I have made quite a number of friends, mostly New Zealand-born women. The young women who come here as Servicemen’s wives must be prepared to say with Ruth: “Thy people shall be my people.” They would soon find plenty of friends without the aid of a British women’s club.
I would, however, like to ask “Tui” if she would like to be a member of an international club. If so she is the first New Zealand woman I have met who wanted to be on terms of equality with Chinese or Maoris as well as Europeans. An international club would be composed of all races and no colour bar. – “SATISFIED COCKNEY.’
Havelock N., March 26, 1946.
Mr. Editor, – May I be permitted to answer the letter in Saturday’s Herald-Tribune signed “Tui”? Would “Tui” carefully re-read my letter in the issue of Monday 16? I did not state that I had made no friends in the 25 years I had lived in New Zealand, and am not the unfriendly person she evidently believes me to be. Far from it, as I have many friends, both English and New Zealand in the town where I formerly resided for 23 years.
Her opinion will certainly not hinder the formation of the “Women from Britain” club. The letter headed “Arrival” also in the issue of March 23 and signed “Digger” stresses the need for such a club. Can “Tui” imagine what a cheery word and a little kindly help would have meant to those newly-arrived English wives?
Evidently “Tui” has not travelled far; otherwise her mind would have been more enlightened. – “ESSEX.”
Hastings, March 26, 1946.