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Thursday, August 28, 2003
surprised by move
By ALISTER BROWNE AND NZPA
Canterbury University's handling
of its infamous "book-burning" furore was today
called bizarre by Palmerston North historian
But Dr Hayward said he wasn't surprised
Canterbury's governing council last night rejected
a complaint over the incident.
It arose when an article written by Canterbury
historian Thomas Fudge for a university
journal caused the journal to be recalled and
The article revisited the controversy that
surrounded the 1993 master's
thesis written by Dr Hayward when he was a
student at Canterbury, which questioned aspects of
"I consider it bizarre that the University of
Canterbury wants to sweep all these new matters
under its already bulging carpet," Dr Hayward said
"The University of Canterbury does not
defend the freedoms of inquiry and expression
enshrined in its charter and the Education Act.
"After all, we're talking about the
[same] university which put me
effectively on trial for committing an alleged
heresy back in the early 1990s.
READERS should be aware that the New
Zealand journalist Philip
Matthews who may contact them about
Dr Hayward is working for the newspaper
The Listener, and writing on
behalf of a special interest group
which is trying to destroy Dr Hayward's
"And that was an unjust and despicable
"In my view, I was found guilty from the
outset, denied natural justice during the
proceedings and made a sacrifice to placate a
Dr Hayward said he was also surprised students
were watching events "with apparent
Dr Fudge warned last night he may stay on at
Canterbury to finish his fight over academic
freedom. Last night, the university's council
dismissed his formal complaint over Vice-Chancellor
Roy Sharp's handling of the article Dr Fudge
wrote for History Now.
Dr Fudge had threatened to resign after the
university ordered copies of the journal to be
destroyed in May, but now he says he may reverse
his decision and stay.
"If they think this is the end of it, I can
assure the chancellor, the vice-chancellor and the
council it's not," he said before giving a public
lecture on the journal controversy.
"Maybe . . . I won't resign after all and will
stay on to give them 30 years of grief."
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(NZ) University Vice-Chancellor Roy Sharp to be
reviewed after Hayward scandal
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paid to destroy him
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