WEST COAST CAMPAIGN.
Maoriland Worker, Volume 10, Issue 426, 7 May 1919, Page 5
WEST COAST CAMPAIGN.
HE, HOLIiJLSD AT GBfYHOUm
'Following on Mr. Holland's speech (reported in another column) at t> c Anzac celebrations—aod "which h-s given rise to considerable agitation iii the Tory ranks —he delivered an illustrated address in the Town Hall cv I-.londay evening, April 28, in suppc:. of tlas municipal candidates of tl.-j Labor Party. There was an esceecingly enthusiastic audience, and. tL •; lecture -was followed with iuterest, the local views shown in coitrast with those of the garden citic ■; having telling effect. A unanimotu-. vote of confidence in the Labor cardidate —Messrs. Connelly, Greane: . and Thomas—was carried with accLimatioa. OX THE ETE OF THE BATHOS On the eve of polling day, the ;i Hall, Greymouth, was thrown open ty the Mayor for the convenience of ai-, candidates who wished to address II • electors. Hitherto the custom has bee.i for the whole of the candidates ■ j face the electors in a common mcc.--ing on the night before the battle. Oα this occasion, however, none of tha Tory ticket dared to face the peopl;. and the only candidates %vho spoke were those of Labor. The. Mayor, Mr. J. D- Lynch, presided, and the thre: Labor men made excellent speeches. GEEY3IOUIH MUNICIPAL CONTEST. The municipal elections have eventuated, and Labor in Greysaouth ht-i placed on record the best vote yet i-. its credit. Our candidates weiJ Messrs. 31. Connelly, J. Greaney, an -J J. Thomas for the Council, and Mr. Greaney for the H. and C.A. Boari. Mr. Greaney was elected to tho Board and our three candidates for tie Council came very close to succeeding. Their figures were: Greaney, 756; Connelly, 727; Thomas, 709. 'The lowest successful candidate was only 67 votes ahead of Greaney. A "gratifying feature of the voting was the solid way in which the Labor poll was recorded. Less than 50 votes divided the highest and lowest oa our list; and, although there was an aggregate of 300 votes less cast than last election, our numbers represented a substantial 'increase. Next election Labor will be there with a winning ticket. j
We were delighted with the successes recorded at Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and elsewhere, although we were naturally sorry tha: Mrs. Ada Wells and Mr. E. J. Howard should, have suffered defeat. We are confident they will come again.— MAEY ANDEESOX, ton. S£C. XABOE UNOPPOSED _4T BUXASGA. Labor goes back unopposed at Runanga, Mr. H. Coppersmith again filling the mayoral position, with every councillor a Labor man. The Runanga Council has probably the best"record of all the borougji councils c- New Zealand. It has a good Jightin,. system, well-cared-for streets, no debt whatever, and iv keeping .its income and the limitations fixed by Dc~ minion law has done everything tha' was possible m the matter of Iocs; improvements. It has still further improvements in contemplation. Tt is a significant fact that, although Labor , :; opponents have no chance whatever oi securing representation on the Council under the present system of voting, yet the Itunanga Labor men are ir* favor of proportional representation, which would give their opponents a certainty of one -or two seats on thu Council. Wellington find Christchurch might profit by Ilunanga's example. BKOxXER ODER LABOR CONTROL. The fSruooerten Borough is also under Labor control. The retiring Mayor (Mr F. Williams') was re-elected unopposed, and the councillors art p.rac'J.ally all Labor Party men. A bran' h of the party is to be official!} formed on ihc occasion of Mr. Holland's visit.