Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
242 — The Governor-General of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs3
The Governor-General of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs3
On the assumption that His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, the High Commissioner for the Western Pacific, and the Government of Tonga similarly approve of these recommendations and are prepared to increase the strength of the Tonga Defence Force to 30 officers and 450 other ranks, to provide this force with three page 274 months' continuous training, and to accept the principle that the Officer in Command of the Fiji Defence Force should be regarded as in command of the Tongan Defence Force also, the New Zealand Government are prepared for their part:
to make immediate arrangements to despatch to Tonga suitable key personnel, which they suggest, as recommended by the Chiefs of Staff, should comprise the Officer Commanding Tonga Defence Force, Adjutant, Regimental Sergeant-Major, and at least two instructors;
to supply such additional equipment as may be required.
4 Not published. The chief of these recommendations concerned the strength, training and command of the force – see second paragraph of this telegram.