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NEW ZEALAND'S RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WAR.

MANIFESTO BY THE PKIME MINISTER.

To the People of New Zealand —

It is now close on eighteen months since the Government; of New Zealand, with the full consent aud ap proval of tbe people of tbe Dominion, decided to place an Expeditionary Force at tbß disposal of the Imperial autbarities. In tbe interval we have dippatcbed over 34,000 troops to the front. We have another 12,000 in training, and stand committed to tho dispatch of 2600 monthly by way of reinforcements, This means that by tbe end of the current ypar we shall have sent not less than 61,000 men into tbe fighting line-no small aohivement for a country which has only a population of little over half a million.

Hitherto we have worked upon the voluntary system, and while men are forthcoming in sufficient numbers to fulfil tbe engagements which New Zealand has made with the Imperial authorities there is no desire on tbe Government's part to depart from that system, At the same time, it is desirable that particularly every single man of military age and fitness and possess iDg the minimum of responsibilities should be induced to do what, under existing circumstences, is his obvious duty. 1 make, therefore, no apology for an appeal to tho manhood of the Domi nion, especially as arrangements are. now being made to bring our new recruiting soheme into operation. We are all proud of the magnificent response that has already been made to the Empire's oall for men to do battle in tbe cause of justice and liberty and for the deliverance of the oppressed; but ths e_fdrt which

loyalty and patriotism demands of us now is greater than was at one time anticipated : and requires that we should put every ounce of energy we possess against; Germany.

THE NEED IS FUR MFN, MORE MEN AND STILL MORE MEN.

Tbe call comes to every man in this oountry, who is in a position to do so, to prepare to take his place in the fighting line. The ory comes to us from our sons, brothers aod kinsmen in the trenches, "Gome over and help us " It rings through every note of the official despatches, it is eohoed by the siok, the wounded and by the men who have returned invalided from the 1 front. The graves of the Gallipoli appeal to us silently, yet eloquently, that the sacrifices made there and tbe heroic lives laid down on tbat shell swept peninsula shall not have been given in vain. No man worthy j of the name can remain deaf to suoh I appeals.

Tbe Empire needs the faithful and devoted services of all its citizens if it is to prove victorious in tbe stupendous task Io which bas set its hand. Never in all its glorious history bas it called upon its people in vain. Shall we fail it now ?

The Motherland, which has made many sacrifices en our behalf, appeals to ber sons aoross tbe seas for their assistance and cocoperation. Zeppelin raid?, coastal bombarbments and tbe grim meanaoe of submarines have familiarised ber with tbe horrors of a warfare we have so far happily escaped, and whiob we, too, should experience but for the protection tbo British Fleet affords us, It is our duty, nay, more, our privilege, to go to ber help. In certain quarters of late we have heard talk of "Prussianising" New Zealand. Only in one way is it pos sible to Prussianise New Zealand, and tbat is by allowing tbe enemy to become victorious. If by apathy and indifference we fail in our duty, and so make conquest an easy matter for our adversaries, the responsibility will rest upon those who have declined to accept the privileges and duties of citizenship, chief amongst wbieb is the defence of the country.

Self preservation, a oare for our homes, and the sanctity of family life, apart altogether from love of country, alike demand tbat we should be on the alert to repel tbe foe and to defend tbe Empire on the fields of battle, where the decisive blows must be struck that will bring either victory or defeat to the opposing forces and "whiob will decide our destiny, together with tbat of the Empire with which our fate is inseparably connected. (barman plans of conquest whiob have been unfolded before the eyes of an astonished world since the war began included tbe annexation of the British oversea dominions, also of Egypt, and probably India. We need, therefore, to be under no illusion as to our fate, if the Central European Powers prove victorious. The Ger man eagle would replace tbe Union Jack and the New Zealand flag in the southern seas. The Huns would simply enter upon and despoil the country, and German autocracy, backed up by Krupp's guns, would take the place of our free institutions Democracy as we know it would perish under Prussian rule, and it would become a crime to speak the English language.

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NEW ZEALAND'S RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WAR., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3514, 18 January 1916

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NEW ZEALAND'S RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WAR. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3514, 18 January 1916

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