Story: Ngā rōpū – Māori organisations

Apirana Ngata farewells soldiers

28th (Māori) Battalion soldiers of the Fourth Reinforcement are farewelled from Wellington by Sir Apirana and Lady Te Rīringi Ngata. Sir Apirana performs a hongi (traditional greeting) with Second Lieutenant Jack Reedy, while Lady Te Rīringi performs a hongi with Second Lieutenant Peta Awatere (later commander of the Māori Battalion). Ngata was heavily involved in recruiting and support for the war effort in both world wars.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Country Lads. National Film Unit, 1941

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Basil Keane, 'Ngā rōpū – Māori organisations - New Māori organisations, early 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017