On 25 July 1916 the Wellington daily newspaper the Evening Post published this report of a public meeting about the New Zealand Labour Party, which had been formed earlier that month. One of the speakers at the meeting, James McCombs, was the party's founding president. At that time he was the MP for Lyttelton, representing the Social Democratic Party. The Labour Party's first vice-president, J. MacKenzie, refers in this report to the 'National Government'; this was a wartime coalition of the Reform and Liberal parties – the National Party was not formed until 1936.
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Reference: Evening Post, 25 July, 1916, p. 5
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