Winifred Grey exchanged letters with the parents of other seafarers from MV Hauraki as families shared every piece of news that reached them. The archives show an extended network of family members, governmental departments and in some cases complete strangers working to keep communications alive between the imprisoned seafarers and their families.
Amateur radio enthusiasts played an important part in in the chain; radio operator Arthur T. Cushen of the N.Z. DX Club sent at least two letters to Winifred Grey. Describing his work for the club’s Prisoner of War and Monitoring Division as a war effort, Cushen passed on any messages he picked up, covering broadcasts as far away as Berlin, Tokyo and the Vatican from his base in Invercargill.