From an interview between Maiki Parkinson (Jules Vern Parkinson, 67603) and Megan Hutching.
Maiki Parkinson, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, was born at Ōpōtiki in 1924. Here he describes hearing about the war and enlisting at Papakura Camp as a 16 year old. He talks about how sad it was that he only had 10 minutes to say goodbye to his parents.
Jerome (Maiki or Jules) Parkinson (1924-2006), interviewed by Megan Hutching, 23 March 2004, for the Second World War oral history project - North Africa
From the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library Oral History and Sound collection, OHInt-0798-12. All rights reserved. Permission of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage must be obtained before any re-use of this sound file.
Image: Maiki Parkinson.