Corporal Willie Apiata acknowledges the haka during a ceremony at Te Kaha Marae on 12 August 2007 to celebrate receiving the award of the Victoria Cross. Behind him are photos of the war dead of the marae, who are regarded as a continuing presence. Apiata was awarded the VC for bravery under fire while serving with the Special Air Service (SAS) in Afghanistan in 2004. Apiata is Ngāpuhi on his father's side but is also closely affiliated with Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, the iwi (tribe) of Te Kaha, in the Bay of Plenty, where he grew up.
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