Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
205 — The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Prime Minister of Australia
The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Prime Minister of Australia
I received on 14 January a message of appreciation from the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs of the services of the New Zealand troops in the United Kingdom, together with a suggestion that this and any reply made should not be published before 25 January. In making a suitable reply we suggested that we would wish to publish both messages, but that this action should be withheld until the troops had actually arrived at their destination, adding that we had no knowledge as to whether or not this would coincide with the date referred to above. The High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in New Zealand has now received a message suggesting that if we have not already done so we should inform the Commonwealth Government of our views regarding the date of publication so that your Government may have an opportunity to furnish their observations. We had, of course, no idea that Australian troops were included in the convoy, but, in accordance with the suggestion of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, the matter is referred to you.