November 10, 2020
Maori mark Armistice Day
Returned services clubs and marae around the country have this morning commemorated Armistice Day, when 102 years ago at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month World War One was declared over.
Vietnam veteran Hemana Waaka marked the moment at the Whakatāne RSA, and he also encouraged marae in Tūhoe to hold their own services.
He says while the guns fell silent, it took a while to unwind the conflict.
"Our Māori Pioneer Battalion did not come home immediately after the signing of the armistice. They were shipped back to England to recuperate and recover from their wounds they had received leading up to that, so they did not come home until February, March 1919, but it is something we should always acknowledge," Mr Waaka says.
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