Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
11 — The Governor-General of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs — [Extract]
The Governor-General of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Your telegram of 3 September (No. 8). My Ministers desire me to state that a Proclamation has been issued notifying a state of war with Germany as from 9.30 p.m., New Zealand standard time, on 3 September. The following action has been taken by the Armed Services:
NAVY: Three vessels for mine-sweeping are being taken up. Two defensively equipped merchant ships are being armed and the necessary Naval Reserves are being called up to initiate the various war services.
ARMY: Coast and anti-aircraft defences are being manned in full, the necessary Territorial Force coast and anti-aircraft units being mobilised for the purpose.
AIR: The Royal New Zealand Air Force is being mobilised and Regulations1 have been issued authorising the requisitioning of civil aircraft and aerodromes, and imposing certain restrictions on civil flying….2
1 Aviation Emergency Regulations 1939.
2 Details of emergency regulations issued, covering alien control, change of name, impressment of motor-vehicles, passport control, supply control, enemy trading, detention and seizure of ships, oil fuel, &c., have been omitted.