Maori Battalion remembered at service
Sat, 01 Dec 2012 12:18p.m.
Tributes are being paid to members of the 28th Maori Battalion on the winding up of their national association this weekend.
Some 3600 men served in the battalion in campaigns across North Africa, Greece, Crete and Italy during World War II.
Surviving members attended a remembrance service at the National War Memorial in Wellington this morning and will have lunch at Pipitea Marae.
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples said the winding up of the association was not the end of the Maori Battalion.
"Their exploits are recorded in song and haka, on films and tapes and in books, and on the website. They will continue to inspire future generations to give their utmost for their people and their nation," Dr Sharples said.
Spokesman Matt Te Pou said last month that 26 Maori Battalion veterans survived and less than half of them were able-bodied.
Winding up the national association did not affect the continuation of affiliated branches that included veterans of the 28th Battalion, he said.
Branches would be able to continue using the 28th Maori Battalion name as long as their membership included a 28th veteran.
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3/12/2012 8:35:04 p.m.
I was proud to travel to Wellington with associate members from A Company to remember our fathers & the sacrifices they made so New Zealanders could have a better life. To the remaining veterans you have done your job well and may you live out your days proudly. God Bless You All. Ake! Ake! Ake! Kia Kaha E!
1/12/2012 4:24:31 p.m.
amazing how tv one & 3 show live red carpet coverage for a movie yet, for a group of proud locals who have sacrificed more for nz we just get a 1 minute bite. should have shown live coverage of this
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