Maoriland Worker, Volume 5, Issue 180, 15 July 1914, Page 8
.—» _ GISBORNE. —A very Interesting address was given here on Friday, June 26, by the Rev. F. Chatterton. The speaker went to very great pains to describe the methods of proportional representation; his remarks were aided by blackboard,examples. As this subject forms part of a very important plank in the S.D.P., our thanks are well deserved by Mr. Chatterton. A good deal of discussion followed the above address, tho simplicity of the voter's part being made very clear, that of the electoral official being much more complicated. It was surprising to learn how many countries have adopted the above system with success. High time New Zpaland mado a move towards educating her people in this direction. While the Ins and Outs are squabbling, the S.D.P. will find there is some pick and shovel work to do. — "DEMO."
WAIUTA—We are letting tho peoplie of Waiuta and surrounding district know that we are a live force., Sinco Semple's visit here we havo heldi regular fortnightly propaganda meetings. We have also run two euchre tournaments and danoes, and a 1 local concert which was a great suoce&s. A collection on behalf of the Branch to help to defray the extra expenses incurred by us, which most of the local branches have not to meet, in attending the District Council, brought in over £2. We have had the member for Westland to give us a pre-sessional address, and he was critically questioned as to how he voted on the recently passed industrial legislation, by members of the Party. We havo also had two visits from Organiser J. Thorn, and we hope in the near future to materially benefit from his visit, as he waa attentively listened to by fairly good audiences at each lecture, and both lectures were go brilliantly given and so interesting that our membership is certain to be bigger from his visit. Thorn also paid a visit to Hukawia while in the district, and addressed a .small but attentive meeting, and it is nearly certain a good branch will he formed there shortly. We in Waiuta are prepared to dp all possible to help it along, as it would bo a real acquisition to us here ,as at present we are so far out of touch with other branches on the Coast. We hope in the future to get more speakers 'to visit us. We also hope to make the social- life amongst us more enjoyable by running concerts, dances, etc., and when the weather gets finer and the days longer, to do some good propaganda work in the outlying districts. —W.P.