Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

Haka for Massey and Ward, France, 1918 (1st of 3)

Haka for Massey and Ward, France, 1918

Members of the Māori (Pioneer) Battalion perform a haka for visiting New Zealand Prime Minister William Massey and Deputy Prime Minister Joseph Ward in Bois-de-Warnimont, France, on 30 June 1918. After Gallipoli the Māori Contingent, along with Māori and Pacific Island reinforcements, was re-formed as a pioneer battalion. Initially it was amalgamated with the remnants of the Otago Mounted Rifles, but in August 1917 a separate Māori (Pioneer) Battalion was established. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collection
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Photograph by Henry Armytage Sanders

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Monty Soutar, 'Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars - Māori contingent in the First World War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36684/haka-for-massey-and-ward-france-1918 (accessed 24 May 2019)

Story by Monty Soutar, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016