Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
295 — The Governor-General of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
The Governor-General of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
With reference to your telegram of 13 June (No. 293), my Ministers advise that the special troops asked for, totalling 2008 all ranks, can be ready for embarkation early in July. They would be grateful for information as to what shipping facilities are proposed. If it is desired to make shipping resources available from New Zealand it appears quite practicable to employ the Awatea2 and the Aorangi3. The earliest date on which these ships can be ready to sail in convoy is now being investigated.page 217
It is suggested for your consideration that the convoy should proceed to Vancouver for onward passage overland to the Atlantic coast, whence it is assumed that for the voyage to the United Kingdom convoyed shipping can be provided.
Should these proposals be agreed to, the Ministry of Shipping and the Director of Sea Transport will no doubt take the necessary action to make the Aorangi available. As the Awatea is on the New Zealand register she will be dealt with by my Government.
My Ministers also ask what escort would be provided and whether it would be proposed in this connection to employ HMS Achilles.