Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

Māori Battalion soldiers farewelled by Āpirana Ngata, 1940

28th (Māori) Battalion soldiers of the Fourth Reinforcement are farewelled from Wellington by Sir Āpirana and Lady Te Rīringi Ngata. Sir Āpirana 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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Reference: Country Lads. National Film Unit, 1941

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Monty Soutar, 'Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars - The 28th (Māori) Battalion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/36694/maori-battalion-soldiers-farewelled-by-apirana-ngata-1940 (accessed 20 June 2019)

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