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Warm tribute to Nc-w Zealand as "a lovely country which one grew to love," was paid by Sir Harry Batterbee in a farewell broadcast last evening before relinquishing the post of High Commissioner in New Zealand for the United Kingdom, which he has held for the past six years.

"It has been a great delight to me to visit the country districts, and in particular the country shows, which have given me the opportunity of meeting farmers and their wives and discussing with them their problems and ideas," said Sir Harry. "One of the happiest memories of my time here will be the. visit which I paid last year to the Maoris living in the East Coast districts. I only wish that I could have paid .similar visits to the Maoris everywhere."

Through the war years, continued Sir Harry, New Zealand had played a great and noble part. He shared the Dominion's pride in the exploits of the Second N.Z.E.F., the gallant actions of the New Zealand Navy, including that of the River Plate, and of the R.N.Z.A.F., which had made the name of New Zealand famous in all the countries of the earth. He also referred to the part played by New Zealand in the provision of foodstuffs and the manufacture of munitions and other supplies. He rejoiced that help and practical sympathy shown in a thousand ways by the people of New Zealand had drawn the Dominion and the Mother Country closer together than they had ever been.

Expressing thanks for the kindness extended to himself and Lady Batterbee while in New Zealand, Sir Harry, in conclusion, sought the same reception "for his successor, Sir Patrick Duff. He assured the people of the Dominion that he and Lady Batterbee would render any service in their power to the country which they had grown to love so dearly.

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HIGH TRIBUTE TO N.Z., Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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HIGH TRIBUTE TO N.Z. Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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