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She was born in Dunedin, the oldest of 13 children of Alexander Manson Bain and Hanna Kiely. She was a minister and president of the National Spiritualist Church of New Zealand, a journalist as Maorilander in the New Zealand Woman's Weekly, and a broadcaster on Radio 1ZB as Aunt Maisy.
Dreaver sought selection by the Labour Party for the 1930 by-election in the Parnell electorate, but was beaten by Thomas Bloodworth. She won the Waitemata electorate in 1941 when a by-election was held after the death of the previous Labour Party MP, Jack Lyon. She was defeated in the next (1943) general election, by the National Party candidate, Henry Thorne Morton.
She and Mary Patricia Anderson were the first two women appointed to the Legislative Council. They were appointed by the First Labour Government in 1946 (after a law change in 1941 to make women eligible); and they served to 1950 when the Legislative Council was abolished.
She died in Auckland on 19 July 1961. She was survived by her husband (by only three months), three daughters and two sons.
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Henry Thorne Morton