Story: Foreign policy and diplomatic representation

League of Nations Union of NZ, 1936

This 1936 letter was sent to Minister of Finance (later prime minister) Walter Nash from the New Zealand branch of the League of Nations Union, in appreciation of the newly elected Labour government's support for the league's objectives. The British-based League of Nations Union aimed 'to educate and make effective public opinion concerning the League of Nations'. The New Zealand branch was formed in 1922, having as one of its aims to 'liberate mankind from the curse of War'. Its president at the time of this letter was Professor F. L. W. (Fred) Wood, head of history at Victoria University College, Wellington. Wood was also active in the Royal Institute of International Affairs and wrote New Zealand in the world (1940).

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Reference: AEFZ 22614 W5727 118/127/0001-0128

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Michael Green, 'Foreign policy and diplomatic representation - Origins of New Zealand foreign policy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2019)

Story by Michael Green, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 17 May 2016