‘End of an era’ for Māori Battalion
The Hon Dr Pita
Maori Party Co-Leader | MP
for Tamaki Makaurau
‘End of an
era’ for Māori Battalion
The Māori Party salutes the survivors of the
28 Māori Battalion as they assemble one last time to
remember fallen comrades and reflect on their
“This is the end of an era because we will not
see another national hui – so it is an appropriate time to
acknowledge our wartime heroes, and to thank them for the
way they upheld the mana of our ancestors, mai rā anō,”
said Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples.
“The winding up of the
Association will relieve the old soldiers and their whānau
of a legal responsibility. But this is not the end of the
Māori Battalion by any means.”
Dr. Sharples said
“their whānau and the nation will treasure their legacy
of service and sacrifice, and their mana will live on
forever in the hearts and minds of people in Aotearoa and
“Their exploits are recorded in song and
haka, on films and tapes and in books, and on the website.
They will continue to inspire future generations to give
their utmost for their people and their nation.
ake, kia kaha e!” We will not forget.”
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