INTER-CHURCH COUNCIL ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS
A wish of the late Right Hon. Peter Fraser, then Prime Minister of New Zealand, brought about the formation of this Council. Mr Fraser invited the churches to get together to devise a plan for providing chaplains to the forces. The consequent meeting, called by the National Council of Churches, was held at Wellington on 23 July 1941. After fulfilling the Prime Minister's request, the meeting proceeded to consider a suggestion from the National Council of Churches, namely, “that an Inter-church Council on Public Affairs should be instituted in Wellington for consultation and common action”. The outcome was the establishment of the Inter-church Council on Public Affairs, sponsored by representatives of the following churches: Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Churches of Christ, Congregational, Salvation Army, and Society of Friends. At a later date the Lutheran Churches of New Zealand were added.