Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
246 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Prime Minister of New Zealand1
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Prime Minister of New Zealand1
His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom greatly appreciate the offer of His Majesty's Government in New Zealand to assist in the defence of Tonga and would be grateful if the New Zealand Government would arrange, in consultation with the High Commissioner for the Western Pacific, for the despatch of the key personnel and equipment proposed. We welcome the proposal at (e) in the High Commissioner's telegram under reference, that a New Zealand officer should take over command of the local force, and we hope that the New Zealand Government will be able to arrange for an officer to be posted accordingly.
1 Repeated to the High Commissioner for the Western Pacific.
3. As regards the Agent's suggestion that three 6-inch coast defence guns should be provided, we note that the New Zealand Chiefs of Staff made no mention of this in their report, which was approved by the New Zealand Government (see your telegram under reference). The New Zealand Government will have seen from my telegram of 17 January that the question of the provision of defences for minor ports is under review, and it will be appreciated that it may be impossible to supply guns to all places which are in need of them. If, therefore, the provision of coast defence guns for Tonga is recommended, we should be glad to know whether in the New Zealand Government's view:
it would be possible to reduce the number required from three to two or one, and,