This National Film Unit Weekly Review film shows the ceremony held at Ruatōria on 6 October 1943 to mark the investiture of 2nd Lieutenant Te Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu's Victoria Cross. More than 7000 people attended the event - described by the commentator as 'one of the greatest Maori assemblies of the century'.
The film shows kapa haka performances and food being prepared for the guests, who included the Governor-General, Sir Cyril Newall, Prime Minister Peter Fraser, returned Māori Battalion veterans and '300 schoolchildren from all over New Zealand'.
WEEKLY REVIEW No. 112, Archives New Zealand YouTube