is more general awareness of the meaning and usefulness
of calendar reform in New Zealand than ever before; and,
except for small religious minority groups which exert a
surprising influence,most people express a favorable opinion
of the suggestion.
radio talks and newspaper articles have been given from
time to time on the subject and have been favorably received.
policy of the New Zealand Government, however, appears to
be the same as stated in last year's report; and it would
seem that only a strong international move, together with
public opinion, would cause a change in policy.
progress towards international agreement on calendar reform
was reported at the Eighth Annual Meeting 14 January
1955 of The World Calendar Association, International,
held in the International Building, New York City, . Published
highlights (JCR Vol. 24, March 1955) for NEW
among a considerable part of the community was reported
to be apparent, but no feeling of urgency. The general reaction
seems to be that the proposed calendar reform is logical
and interesting, but there the matter usually rests. Likewise
it is difficult to discover any violent opposition. This
state of affairs is obviously due to the fact that the proposals
have not been place sufficiently before the general public.
action here must be taken along the lines of interesting
business sections and discovering the reactions of religious
groups. Scientific people and organizations invariably see
the logic of the scheme and agree with it, but to the populace
as a living organic entity, to whom the present calendar
is part of their lives, revision is a much different problem.
Government is by no means unsympathetic to the proposed
World Calendar and is watching the matter with considerable
interest. However, in the absence of any strong public demand
at the moment, it will not feel disposed to take any leading
part in bringing the matter forward. There exists a cordial
exchange of information between the Chairman and the Government
on the subject. Conditions indicate that more public interest
will be aroused within the next few months.
progress toward the international enactment of calendar
reform was reported at the Seventh Annual Meeting
15 January 1954 of The World
Calendar Association, International, held in the International
Building, New York City. Published highlights (JCR
Vol. 24, April 1954) for NEW ZEALAND:
Dr. I. L. Thomsen
of the Carter observatory in Wellington is preparing a series
of newspaper articles for the New Zealand newspapers on
the subject of calendar reform. Both in press circles and
in official channels, the articles written during the year
by the British Astronomer Royal have been widely circulated
and have had an important influence, augmented by the good
news from India and the sustained activities of the British
World Calendar Association.