Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Pioneer Battalion, First World War (1st of 2)

Pioneer Battalion, First World War

A relaxed group of young Māori soldiers prepares to leave New Zealand about 1916, as reinforcements for the Pioneer Battalion. Other Māori had earlier served on Gallipoli as a Māori Contingent. This was later reformed into a Pioneer Battalion which dug trenches and made roads on the Western Front. In 1917 the battalion became an all-Māori unit.

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Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Military conflicts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011