Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
304 — The New Zealand Minister, Washington, to the Prime Minister
The New Zealand Minister, Washington, to the Prime Minister
The following message, dated 23 June, was received today from Admiral King:
‘With reference to my letter of 10 June,1 will you be good enough to transmit to the Prime Minister the following:
‘General Marshall and I have given further consideration to your proposal that the New Zealand troops in Fiji should remain there. After discussing the pros and cons, we are of the opinion that a greater service to our combined effort in the Pacific would be served by carrying out the present plan for their relief. The New Zealand troops thus relieved we hope can be made available for amphibious training with our 1st Marine Division in anticipation of joint offensive action to the north-west.
I will see Admiral King later, but will hold up the visit until I receive your comment and instructions on this message.