Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
5 — 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
With reference to my telegram (No. 4) containing the Prime Minister's statement, Cabinet, meeting after midnight, decided that the British Ambassador in Berlin should at once ask to see Ribbentrop at 9 a.m. today, Sunday, and at that interview inform him that unless the Chancellor's reply is received by 11 a.m. today His page 5 Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom will from that hour regard themselves as at war with Germany.
The Prime Minister proposes to make a statement in the House of Commons at noon today.