Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
314 — The Governor-General of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs — [Extract]
The Governor-General of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
My Prime Minister wishes me to inform you as follows:
With reference to the report of the Pacific Defence Conference, Part I….2
3. Paragraph 49—His Majesty's Government in New Zealand have been considering the question of stationing a platoon at Fanning Island in peace. They would point out that there is a certain amount page 339 of preliminary work such as construction of section posts, improvement of water supply, which could usefully be performed by a platoon in peace, and for that reason they are considering the advisability of sending such a force to the island as a temporary measure, pending a decision regarding its permanent location there. They would be glad of the views of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom on the question of both the temporary and permanent stationing of the platoon at Fanning Island.
4. The substance of this telegram is being repeated to His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia.