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Candidates for Gisborne

There are three candidates for the Gisborne seat in the Parliamentary elections to be held later this month.


The sitting member, Mr R. A. Keeling (Labour). Mr Keeling has represented Gisborne in 1949-51, and 1954-60. In the present Government Mr Keeling is deputy-Speaker of the House and Chairman of Committees. He was chairman of the Select Committee on Licensing, and chairman of the Government committees on the Gas Industry and P.A.Y.E. He was also leader of the New Zealand delegation to the International Labour Organisation 1960 conference in Geneva.


Mrs Esme Irene Tombleson, wife of a Rakauroa sheepfarmer, Mr T. W. J. Tombleson, is the National candidate for the seat. She was selected after the original candidate, Mr S. D. Reeves, withdrew for health reasons. Mrs Tombleson, during the war years, was secretary for a number of manpower committees in New South Wales and later was in charge of a section of the Commonwealth employment service. Her cultural interests include music, work as a radio artist, free lance journalist, a member of the Monte Carlo ballet, and the production of stage shows.


Mr A. F. Box, of Hiwinui Station, Ngatapa, who is the Social Credit candidate. Mr Box was born and educated in Gisborne, is a returned serviceman, and is a married man with two children. Mrs Box was Miss Dawn Smythe, daughter of the well-known Ruatoria family. Mr Box takes a keen and active interest in local erosion problems and in the anti-hydatids control scheme.