Story: European ideas about Māori

Māori soldiers

The 28th (Māori) Battalion, which fought in the Second World War, drew on Māori warrior traditions and gained a reputation as a fearsome foe. This warrior image was imprinted on European imaginations. Here Māori soldiers train in Northland in 1942.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Weekly Review 67. National Film Unit, 1942

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James Belich, 'European ideas about Māori - Modern racial stereotypes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by James Belich, published 5 May 2011