Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
213 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
‘The New Zealand Government asked last month for a review of their defence problem. The following are our conclusions, though we realise it is likely to become an American problem when the Pacific area question is settled:
An early review of the proposals for the defence of New Zealand has brought to light the urgency of completing the following measures regarding New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa, which you should bring before the Combined Chiefs of Staff at the earliest possible moment:
A copy of the above has been telegraphed to New Zealand, who have been invited to comment direct to you.
Report follows by air.’
It is suggested that New Zealand views on the above be communicated to Washington for the Joint Staff Mission.