14 NEW MEMBERS.
MESSRS. LARK AND MARTIN.
(By Telegraph.—Press Association.)
Fourteen new members of the Legislative Council have been appointed by the Labour Government. The list includes the previous Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sir Charles Statliam, and a representative of the native race, Mr. Rangi Mawliete, of Awapuni. The members will be sworn in when the new Parliament meets on March 25. The appointments are:— Mark Briggs, Palnierston North. Thomas Brindle, Wellington. Michael Connelly, Dunedin. James Cotter, Ilinuera. Thomas Francis Doyle, Bluff. Edward T'ye, "vVailii. James Coodall, Greymouth. George Robert Hunter, Christehurcli. Frank Edwin Lark, Auckland. Bernard Martin, Auckland. Rangi Mawliete, Awapuni. John Alexander McCulloug'h, Addington. Benjamin Conrad Bobbins, Tauranga. Sir Charles Statliam, Wellington. The strength of the Council has been gradually reduced for a considerable time, and before the present appointments stood at 20.
HON. 15. MARTIN.
The Hon. B. Martin is deputy-Mayor of Auckland, and has been prominently identified with the Labour He came to the Dominion at the age of 16 thirty years ago, and became secretary of a number of trade unions and
a leading advocate in Industrial cases. I Mr. Martin'was elected to the Auckland City Council in 1931, but two years later lost his seat. He regained his seat at the last election. One of Mr. Martin's greatest interests has been the Workers' Educational Association.
HON. F. E. LARK.
The Hon. F. E. Lark is fleputy-chair-man of the Auckland Transport Board. He has had long association with the Labour movement, both in Auckland and elsewhere in the Dominidn, and in recent years has been a keen worker in the interests of the unemployed. He is also a member of the Auckland City Council, having been elected last year, and is chairman of the employment committee of that body. Born in England, Mr. Lark came to New Zealand in H.M.S. Encounter in 1907. He then left
the Navy, and after some years at Northern Wairoa and Waihi joined the railway service. He resigned in 1920 to undertake farming at Matamata. He was a member of the local school committee, and for a time chairman, and also a member of the Matamata 1 own Board. He came to Auckland about four years ago.
HON. E. DYE.
The Hon. E. Dye has held the position of president of the Ohincmuri Mines and Batteries Union. He lias devoted himself to farming as well as mining ir recent years. • Popular with the miners, his attitude at conferences and sittings of the Arbitration Court has also been appreciated by representatives of the mining companies.
HON. J. COTTER.
The Hon. J. Cotter was born in County Cork, Ireland, and has lived in NewZealand for 07 years. He was one of the first directors of the Hinuera Cooperative Dairy Company, Limited, and was for a period chairman of directors. He is still on the directorate, and is also a member of the South Auckland Dairy Association. In his early days he was interested in gold mining, but he too~ up farming at Hinuera 25 years ago.
HON. M. CONNELLY.
The Hon. M. Connelly was born at Kakaramea. Taranaki, but was educated at schools on the West Coast of the South Island. After mining tor a few vears he joined the railway service. He became connected with the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, and rose to the rank of president. He has been a member of the Railway Superannuation Board for the past nine vears, and was a former representative on the Railway Appeal- Board. Mr. Conucllv contested the Chalmers r-eat in 1925 in the interests of the Labour party, and has been associated with various bands in the Dominion.
HON. M. BRIGGS.
The Hon. M. Briggs is a native of Yorkshire, and has been in the Dominion for 30 years. He has been in business in Palnierston North since 1915, when he founded the Empire Auctioneering Company. He has been a staunch supporter of the Labour party since his arrival in New Zealand.
HON. R. MAWHETE.
The Hon. R. Mawhcte has been a supporter of the Labour party for a number of years. He was a Labour candidate for the Western Maori seat at the general elections of 1922 and 1925. The seat on both occasions, however, was won by Sir Maui Pomare.
HON. B. C. ROBBINS
The Hon. B. C. Robbins, of Tauranga, was formerly Mayor of Tauranga and Hawera. Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, he became a dairy factory proprietor at Ilawera when he first came to New Zealand. For 15 years he was a member of the Hawera Borough Council, and for seven years occupied the position of Mayor. He was Mayor of Tauranga from 1912 to 1915, and was again appointed to that office in 1931. He is well known in bowling and yachting circles, and was chairman of the Tauranga Regatta Committee for five years.
HON. G. R. HUNTER,
The Hon. G. R. Hunter was associated with the Prime Minister, the Hon. M. J. Savage, in Australia, and later when he came to New Zealand he took up mining at Denniston with the Minister of Mines, the Hon. P. C. Webb. He was secretary of the Miners' Union for several years, and was then appointed first town clerk of Runanga. Later he organised a co-operative mine with Mr. Webb, and about 12 years ago entered business with the latter in Christehurch, forming the Point Elizabeth Coal Company. He is now manager of that concern. Mr. Hunter has been a member of the Christchurch City Council, and is a member of the Christchurch Drainage Board.
HON. J. GOODALL,
The Hon. J. Goodall is a veteran of the Labour movement. He was born iu Nelson in 1862, but has spent much of his time in Grevmouth and Canterbury. After being identified with trades unions at Lyttelton, he returned to Greymouth in 18S7, and became first president of the Waterside Workers' Union. He was a member of the Greymouth Borough Council for a number of years, and has been a member since its inception of the Technical High School Board.
HON. T. BRINDLE.
The Hon. T.„ Brindle, a native of Lancashire, has been connected with the Labour movement both in England and New Zealand. A member of the National Executive of the Labour party, he held the position of president for four successive years. . He was elected
to the Wellington City Council in 1933 and again in 1935, and is a member of the Wellington Technical College Board of Governors. He has unsuccessfully contested seats at Gisborne, Nelson and Wellington for Parliamentary honours.
HON. T. F. DOYLE.
The Hon. T. F. Doyle was born at Invercargill in 1893, and was conncctcd with the marine engineering trade for 20 years after completing his education at the Bluff public and convent schools. He went into business in Bluff in 1927. He became a borough councilor at Bluff in 1919, and later served two years as Mayor. Ho is a member of the Bluff Harbour Board.
HON. J. A. McCULLOUGH
The Hon. J. A. McCullough was born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1860, and came to New Zealand 20 years later. After working as a stoker ■ and waterside worker, ho became a tinsmith the Addington Railway Workshops. From 1908 to 1921 he was workers' representative on the Arbitration Court. He resigned, but was not permitted to retire until he had served another short term on the Arbitration Court Bench.
HON. SIR CHARLES STATHAM.
The Hon. Sir Charles Statham was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1923 to last year, but ho did not contest the general election. He was first elected to the House of Representatives for Dunedin Central in 1911, and
represented that electorate from that time until last year. In recognition of his services as Speaker he was knighted in 1920. In 1029 he was made a Knight of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.