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NEW ZEALAND IN LONDON.

, WELCOME TO .THE NEWj HIGH COMMISSIONER, (From Our Special Correspondent.) LONDON, March '5. In spite of a snowstorm, close upon 200 New Zealanders assembled at the 'Westminster Palace Hotel last Friday evening at the' invitation of the New Zealand Association, to welcome the new High Commissioner and Mrs. Hall-Jones. The proceedings were of a more or less informal nature. The late High Commissioner, "the Hon. W. P. Reeves, addressed a few words of welcome to his successor on behalf of the New Zea- . landers in London, and Mr. Hall-Jones briefly replied, and that was all the speech-making. Conversation, refreshments, and a little music at intervals served to wile away a pleasant evening.

Mr. Reeves said he did not need to introduce Mr. Hall-Jones to a gathering of New Zealanders. Many of them knew the new High Commissioner personally, while the rest knew all about him, and had come to make his acquaintance for themselves. Melancholy as it was for the representative of New Zealand when the time came to give up his office here, that feeling was a good deal mitigated w r hen his successor was an old friend and a gentleman of such high character and good repute in New Zealand as Mr. Hall-Jones. In him the Government of New Zealand had a very able and experienced official, while the people had as their representative bere a public man who had been tried and vnot found wanting, a trusted servant: He could speak from personal experience of Mr. Hall-Jones. He could wish the new High Commissioner no better luck than to have that gathering of New Zealanders as his friends and helpers in London during' his term of office. He hoped and believed they would support Mr. HallJones with the same loyalty, courtesy, and co-operation that they had shown towards himself as High Commissioner. Mr. Hall-Jones, in replying, said that Mr. Reeves and himself had been associated in public life in New Zealand a good many years ago. When Mr. Reeves ' resigned from the Cabinet to becomeHigh Commissioner, he (Mr. Hall-Jones) succeeded him as Minister, and now he : was succeeding Mr. Reeves as High Commissioner. He • supposed he must now look forward to following Mr. Reeves into the London School of Economics. (Laughter.) He had no hesitation in saying that New Zealand never had a more able representative in London |han Mr. Reeves. He thought' the latter's success was not going to stop at the School of Economics. He believed 2>{r. Reeves to be a gentleman who in the arena of British politics Would make a name for himself as he had done in New Zealand. Mr. Hall-Jones added that he was encouraged in his new office by the feeling that h"e had a great many friends in that large city. He found the same courtesy and consideration shown him there as in New Zealand. He thought they could look forwaid to a continuance of the progress and prosperity of New Zealand, and he asked the assistance of the company in the work of advancing New Zealand's interests. He was delighted to become president of the New Zealand Association in London, and he wanted to make the Association of even greater importance than it was. He invited members to make suggestions for bringing New Zealanders closer together. On behalf of his wife and himself, he thanked all present for their warm welcome.

A musical programme was contributed by Mr. Barry Coney, Miss iDall, Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Campbell, and Mrs. J. A. Mason.

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NEW ZEALAND IN LONDON. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 87, 13 April 1909

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