Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
51 — The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
My colleagues and I are deeply appreciative of the decision of His Majesty's Government in New Zealand, communicated in your telegram of 20 November (No. 50), to despatch the First Echelon of the New Zealand Division. This further example of New Zealand's whole-hearted determination to play her full part in the struggle in which we are engaged will be most warmly [welcomed?] here. In accordance with your request no prior announcement will be made here, but I should be glad if you would arrange to let us know as far as possible in advance the terms of the proposed announcement in New Zealand, and the time at which it is to be made, so that arrangements can be made for suitable publicity here.