Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
146 — The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
peeraNo. 4. pacific war council.
In order to make the best arrangements possible from the point of view of New Zealand to facilitate the work of the Pacific War Council in London, and to do our utmost, as we undertook, to make it effective, we intend to move Mr Nash from Washington to London as Resident Minister on the War Cabinet and on the Pacific War Council. We came to this conclusion because we felt that, if the War Council is to be situated in London, then London is a more important post from our point of view than Washington.
Mr Nash informs me1 that he has gathered the impression that there is a possibility of the Pacific War Council being removed to Washington at an early date. Having regard to your views and those of the President on the matter, and to the full agreement of Australia and New Zealand to subordinate their preference of locality to yours, this would seem to be improbable, but before actually arranging for Mr Nash's transfer I would be grateful if you would inform me whether there is anything in this suggestion. If not, I propose to move Mr Nash to London as soon as possible.
1 In a telegram dated 23 February, not published.