King Country Notes
Maoriland Worker, Volume 4, Issue 147, 26 November 1913, Page 4
King Country Notes
After taking a run down to Wellington so as to find out the true 6tate of affairs—tho statements in the various papere being wild and woolly—l returned to Ohakune on the 12th, and thatbranch of the A.W.U. were already busy for the collecting of funds for their co-workers who are locked out. The next day I went as far as Taumarunui and forwarded an appeal to the various branches to set up committees for the same purpose. Many of them had already done so. On the 14th, Comrades F. Annear and J. Fraser rung mo up from Te Kuiti asking mc if I would accompany them through the King Country, as they were sent by the Central Strike Committee in Auckland, which request I promptly accepted. Unfortunately Comrade Fraser had to return to Auckland owing to difficulties on the following day. / Friefld Annear and I walked out as far as Okahukura and we vrere met by Comrado Melrose. We addressed a meeting and) collected £8, and returned to Taumarunui. The following evening we went to Owhanga, where Fjriend Ashford had already arranged a meeting in the local hall, and about 120 rolled up, many ladies being present, a resolution was carried unanimously, in favor of the strike, and a couple of friends took round the liat and collected £6 18s. 4Jd. We then hied ourselves to Raurimu and held a meeting. There are quite a number of staunch unionists there, and they also passed a resolution in support of the strike and. subscribed £4 3s. lid, and also set up a committee, as pay day is nest Saturday, on which day they expect to collect from £20 to £30. As we would be travelling through country that had already donated and winch would continue doing bo, romrade Annear suggested we should go north of Auckland. We arrived in Auckland on Wednesday evening, and we found everything satisfactory and the boys all in good "hen. Being Thursday, tho Central Strike Committee instructed us to go on to Helfensville, from which place I am writing. The feeling throughout is all in favor of the strikers. We will continue our journey tomorrow.—J. CLANOEI, Organiser, King Country A.W.U. '■
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