Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Māori Battalion, Second World War (2nd of 2)

Māori Battalion, Second World War

'Eyes right!' Soldiers of 28 (Māori) Battalion march in a ceremonial parade by New Zealand infantry in the Volturno valley, Italy, in May 1944. The Māori Battalion's reputation for courage and audacity was well-known both to their enemies and throughout the Allied forces. It greatly contributed to improved relations between Māori and Pākehā after the war.

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Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Military conflicts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011