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Two-Day Holiday When War Ends


All Essential Services, To Be Maintained

Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Arrangements that will be made to mark the termination of hostilities against Japan were outlined by the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, in a statement this afternoon. Mr. Fraser said that although no official information had been received by the Government which would confirm the announcement reported to have been made by the Japanese Government over the radio, the midday broadcast from the 8.8.C. had announced that the Japanese Government's proposals had been received by the U.S. Government. "It is probable," said the Prime Minister, "that on this, as on the occasion of the termination of hostilities in Europe, the announcement will be synchronised in the capitals of the principal Allies. Taking the variations of time into account, it is likely that any official announcement of the cessation of hostilities will be received in New Zealand early in the morning. "Immediately the , news of the capitulation is received the announcement will be made over radio 2YA and other radio stations. "The Government has decided, after consultation with employers and employees, that two days' holiday will be granted to mark the surrender and defeat of Japan. "If the official announcement is made before 12 noon, then the remainder of that day and the day following will,-subject to what is said later in regard to the maintenance of essential services, be observed as holidays both by Government Departments and industry. "If, however, the news is received after midday, or on Sunday, then the two following days will be observed as holidays. "Retail butchers, bakers and grocers are requested to open for two hours on the days of the announcement, particularly if this should fall on Monday or the announcement is made late to-mor-row, so as to ensure that housewives and others can purchase their requirements for the holiday. "Farmers are requested to hold their stock, particularly bobby calves, until advice is received that freezing works are able to accept and process them."

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Two-Day Holiday When War Ends, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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Two-Day Holiday When War Ends Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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