April 25, 2017
Families invited to share Battalion taonga
The author of a book on the Maori Battalion’s B Company wants families to share stories and photos of their tupuna so they can get the credit they deserve.
Sit Harawira Gardiner has finished the first draft of the book, which is part of a series that will eventually cover all four battalions.
He says often families don’t realise how important it is to provide information.
He’s asking families of B Company members of those 900 men recruited from Mataatua, Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa, Whakatohea, Tauranga Moana, Hauraki and Maniapoto to check the Maori Battalion website to see if there is a photo on record.
"If you haven’t got a photograph that's shown on the 28 Maori Battalion website, those are the people we want to get photographs of so that we can both fill out the space on their individual page. Every soldier that served has an individual page on the website. Secondly we could use it on the book," he says.
Sir Harawira Gardiner says one of the interesting aspects of the book has been the stories of those men who were taken prisoner in Greece, Crete or North Africa and spent most of the war behind the wire.
FULL INTERVIEW WITH SIR WIRA GARDINER
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