Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
284 — The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Governor of Fiji
The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Governor of Fiji
We have recently been negotiating with the United States authorities with reference to an increase in the strength of the forces available for the defence of Fiji.1 Yesterday we were advised by Mr Nash of a suggestion made by Admiral King that the United States should assume full responsibility for the defence of Fiji and Tonga, and that the New Zealand forces at present in Fiji should return to New Zealand on the early arrival in Fiji of an American Army division. Our immediate reactions were requested and we replied that they were generally favourable and asked for further details. Today Mr Nash has informed us that the proposal has already been approved by the President. We are surprised at this rapid development of events, and we are immediately advising you and His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and will be grateful for your very early comments. For our part we are prepared to concur.