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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III

27 March 1942 1

27 March 1942 1

Most secret and personal for General Puttick.

1Although dated 28 March on all file copies, this message is later referred to by Brigadier Park as having been sent on the 27th.

The following is a summary of a report by the Chiefs of Staff on the New Zealand Defence Plan, dated 18 March 1942:

The defence of New Zealand is recognised as primarily a naval problem entailing the provision of adequate naval and air forces in the area, and dependent on denying bases to Japan on the eastern and southern coasts of Australia. The report consists of two parts, the first dealing with the South Pacific Islands, including New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Fanning Island and French Oceania, the second with New Zealand.