Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

Māori veterans welcomed home, Pūtiki Pā, Whanganui (1st of 2)

Māori veterans welcomed home, Pūtiki Pā, Whanganui

Māori (Pioneer) Battalion veterans are welcomed home at Pūtiki Pā in Whanganui in 1919. After the initial welcome for the battalion in Auckland on 6 April 1919, the various units returned to their home regions. In each area they were welcomed back to their home marae. Parades and receptions involving official Pākehā dignitaries were held, but the most important events for the soldiers were the traditional welcomes by their own people.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tesla Studios Collection (PAColl-3046)
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Photograph by Frank J. Denton

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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/36686/maori-veterans-welcomed-home-putiki-pa-whanganui (accessed 23 May 2019)

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