Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
294 — The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Your telegram of 18 May.
The following is personal for the Secretary of State for the Colonies from the Prime Minister:
Thank you so much for your very kind message. I am glad to know that what we have tried to do for Fiji has been so fully appreciated—we have done our best and, as you know, to this end, have taken real risks in New Zealand.
For very many reasons it is a matter of regret to us that on grounds of broader strategy our direct responsibility for Fiji will shortly cease.
Believe me, we in our turn have much appreciated the very full and complete co-operation which has been extended to us throughout by the United Kingdom and Fijian authorities, who have done everything possible to facilitate our task.