Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
206 — 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
Following from Prime Minister for your Prime Minister:
I am very much obliged to you for your telegram. Your messages are always most helpful and my colleagues and I are greatly relieved to learn that the situation is as you explain it.
In view, however, of your reference to a ‘leakage’, I think I should explain at once, in order to avoid any misunderstanding or injustice to Brigadier Park, New Zealand Liaison Officer in London, who is a thoroughly competent and trustworthy officer, that I think it was his duty to communicate personally with the New Zealand Chief of the General Staff as he did, and that I take upon myself the full responsibility for the nature of the message sent to you.
I am not yet in a position, nor indeed does the time seen appropriate, to comment in detail upon the more general problems your telegram raises, but I should like you to know at once that we very warmly appreciate the efforts that you are making to supply us with the necessary equipment and otherwise to improve our means of defence.