About the 28th Māori Battalion website project
The 28th Māori Battalion website is a place to record, remember, honour and maintain information and knowledge of the Māori Battalion and its outstanding contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand. This site and its related resources has been developed for the benefit of the remaining veterans, their families and for all New Zealanders. The website was published on 30 June 2009 and formally launched by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Christopher Finlayson, and the Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples, at Parliament on 6 August 2009.
It is intended that the website and related resources will:
- record and honour the stories of the 3600 men who served with the 28th Māori Battalion during the Second World War;
- provide opportunities for veterans and whānau to share their recollections and taonga, as they see fit;
- provide opportunities to promote and engage with users in te reo Māori; and
- provide resource material for learners, aligned with key areas of the New Zealand curriculum.
The site includes an historical overview of the Battalion at war, an interactive map, contributed stories and memories, resources for teachers and school students, and a selection of photographs, audio files (oral history, radio recordings and waiata) and videos. It also includes a nominal roll of all 3600 men who served with 28th Battalion.
Veterans, their families and other members of the public are encouraged to contribute to the website, to help keep alive the memory of the Māori Battalion for future generations. Find out more about how you can contribute here.
This website was developed on behalf of the 28th Māori Battalion Association by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage = Te Manatū Taonga in partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri, the National Library of New Zealand = Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and the Ministry of Education, under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in late 2008. The site's development was overseen by a Governance Group made up of representatives from these four agencies and the association. Origin Design (especially Matt Bondi, Juliet Jacka, Alexandra Lutyens and Jason O'Hara) were responsible for the interactive map and for developing design concepts. We also acknowledge the valuable contributions of Archives New Zealand = Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, Sound Archives = Ngā Taonga Kōrero (especially Karen Neill), Auckland Museum = Tamaki Paenga Hira (especially Bruce Ralston and Christina Tuitubou), and the War Graves Photographic Project. Thanks also to Anaru Dalziel, Jake Daube, Paul Diamond, Amy Donald, Derek Fox and Holden Hohaia.
This website acknowledges the generous support provided by the estate of Julian Beresford Browning Watson.
About the homepage
The homepage of the site features part of a photograph showing Māori Battalion soldiers (from left to right) Maaka (Bill) White (from Wharekāhika, later killed in action), Te Kooti (Scotty) Reihana (Rangitukia, later wounded) and Rangi Henderson (Te Araroa, later killed in action) performing a haka for the King of Greece at Helwan, Egypt, on 25 June 1941. The full photograph, from the Alexander Turnbull Library, can be seen here. The image that appears before the photograph shows Uenuku, and is from a Te Ao Hou article by Tuta Nihoniho on Māori traditional warfare. The text that scrolls behind the photograph is a traditional mihi or greeting, read by Derek Fox.
About the map
The interactive map was developed by Origin Design. The narrator is Paul Diamond and sound engineer Anaru Dalziel. The music is taken from two versions of the Māori Battalion song, March to Victory. The sound files and more information about them can be found here and here. Full versions of the images in the map can all be found in the photograph gallery.
You will need a recent version of Flash to see this map. You can download Flash here
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