Jon found that the NZ National Archives have digitised their newspaper collection and made it searchable. I went into it to have a look at the first mention of Operation CRUSADER.
The articles below cover the start of the operation:
If you follow the Evening Post through the next days, there are some good articles and illustrations, which give a good feeling of the way the war was seen at the time.
New Zealand of course had a lot riding on the operation. It was the first time the New Zealand Division was participating in an advance against the enemy, and there was understandable apprehension based on what had happened in Greece and Crete.