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Last Active: January 1, 1970, 12:00 pm
i am the niece of Dempsey TeWira Greening and daughter in law of Karaitiana (Kara)Aranui who were proud members of the Maori Battalions D Company. my Grandfather Rangi Greening was a member of the armies home guard from 1943. Whanau from the coast, Mahia, Nuhaka, Whakaki, Wairoa amd Mohaka were also members of the 28th. throughout my life I listened to storiestold of the companies time overseas.
My uncle Dempsey told my husband and I that the old boy (Kara) was nicknamed “Ducky” from their times in the trenches where Kara would yell “duck” if canon fire was close. stories of no food and water which meant our men had to “borrow”food from anywhere they could get it, including local farms. The first time the old boy had to kill a man and coming home seriously wounded with minimal psychological or physical help from our government. Why no or minimal credit has been given to ALL Maori battalion companies, but especially D Company, is criminal. Our men weren’t just canon fodder, they made deadly serious ground that gave the allies prime land/ground. And how credit is, more often than not, given to a pakeha. whanau of the 28th know they have a lot to be proud of, these men were heroes in their own right, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM and march proudly on ANZAC day. Aroha mai,