March 10, 2021
Maori Battalion medal ceremony draws crowd
An Auckland lawyer campaigning to get the medals of Māori Battalion veterans to their descendants says the kaupapa is resonating with Māori.
David Stone began requesting files of soldiers after discovering medals earned had never been issued to one of his own tipuna killed in Italy in 1944.
He says a recent medal presentation for Muriwai and Manutuke drew a huge crowd, despite only four whānau received medals.
"Every single Māori person that turned up that day, they can whakapapa to a Māori Battalion soldier, and those people that turned up, it wasn't just about paying their respects to those four soldiers, it was about coming and stopping and reflecting and paying honour to all the Māori Battalion soldiers," he says.
The Defence Force is planning more ceremonies around the country.
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