john a lee

Personal details

Full Name:

  • John Alfred Alexander Lee


  • 31 Oct 189113 Jun 1982

A charismatic ex-soldier, orator and propagandist, John A. Lee was a dynamic figure in the Labour Party from the 1920s until 1940, when he was expelled for attacking the leadership of M.J. Savage.

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Events In History


State housing

  • State housing

    New Zealand's first state house was formally opened on 18 September 1937. But the government has provided rental housing for New Zealanders for more than a century. Explore the history of this country's various state housing schemes and their contribution to the New Zealand way of life.

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  • Page 3 - The state steps in and outThe National government introduced full market rents in 1991 to reduce the state role in housing provision. From the start, public debate over state housing policy in New Zealand
  • Main image: John A Lee in 1938

    Labour’s John A. Lee was among the first politicians to exploit the huge potential of radio broadcasting as an electioneering medium.