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LOYALTY REAFFIRMED GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE P.A. WELLINGTON, this day. The Governor-General, Sir Cyril Newall, has dispatched the following message to the King:— "On this day, which marks the unconditional surrender of Japan and the end of the world conflict, the Government and peoples of New Zealand, its island territories and Western Samoa, join with Your Majesty's subjects throughout the world in thanksgiving and rejoicing that the war which has raged for so long has ended in signal victory to Allied arms.

"In a spirit of deepest gratitude they thank God that Your Majesties have been preserved throughout those critical years when overwhelming disaster threatened to engulf the whole world, and that peace reigns once more. They reaffirm their loyalty and devotion to Your Majesty's person and the Throne."


BONFIRE PREMATURELY LIT O.C. WHANGAREI, this day. For the second day of the peace celebrations Northlanders were favoured with improved weather, although showers fell towards noon.

Within a few minutes of the announcement of the surrender of Japan yesterday heavy rain fell, but it did not prevent the people in all centres from giving full vent to their enthusiasm. The greatest crowds Whangarei has seen gathered in the streets yesterday afternoon and the jollification continued until far into the night.

A huge bonfire, prepared by the borough celebrations committee, was prematurely lit by unauthorised persons, but reserves of fuel were called upon and, with rockets and fireworks, hoarded since the early days of the Avar, young people were given a spectacular treat. The Municipal Pipe Band played nonstop for many hours, and people danced and sang in the streets. Church services last night and this morning were., well-attended and hundreds of returned soldiers and others are assembling in the town for the thanksgiving service and parade this afternoon. Many country people were caught short of supplies, but some butchers and bakers opened for a short period this morning.

Kaitaia went wild a few minutes after the receipt of the news, business being brought to a complete standstill. In the Middle North the celebrations were more restrained, no official celebrations being planned for the first day.


Admission to the Auckland wharves is still barred to those without passes, and policemen are still on duty at the gates. The waterfront this morning was almost deserted, as waterside work ceased yesterday afternoon.


The annual meeting of the St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church was held last evening at the conclusion of the peace thanksgiving service. Reports on the work of the church and its branches were presented and the following managers were reelected: Lieutenant R. W. Milne, Messrs. J. B. Finlayson, W. A. Ross, R. Scott and J. A. Wilderspin. Tribute was paid to the work of the Rev. W. R. Milne during the war.

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KING AND QUEEN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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KING AND QUEEN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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