maori in war

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Māori War Effort Organisation

  • Māori War Effort Organisation

    The Maori War Effort Organisation was formed during the Second World War to assist with recruitment for the forces and war-related service.

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  • Page 2 – Origins

    Assisted by two other Ratana-Labour MPs, Eruera Tirikatene and H.T. Ratana, Paraire Paikea drafted a scheme for an organisation to handle Maori recruitment and war-related

  • Page 3 – Difficult times

    When the Maori War Effort Organisation was established, the government had estimated that it would have a six-month life at a cost of £7,000. In 1943 Paikea asked that

Māori and the First World War

Conscientious objection and dissent

  • Conscientious objection and dissent

    There are always supporters and opponents of a country fighting a war. Over 2500 conscientious objectors lost their civil rights in New Zealand for refusing to serve in the First World War.

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  • Page 1 - Conscientious objection and dissent in the First World WarThere are always supporters and opponents of a country fighting a war. Over 2500 conscientious objectors lost their civil rights in New Zealand for refusing to serve in the First

Māori and the Second World War

  • Māori and the Second World War

    Despite some opposition, nearly 16,000 Maori enlisted for service during the Second World War. By 1945 the 28th (Maori) Battalion had became one of New Zealand's most celebrated and decorated units. But Maori contributed to the war effort in many different ways, at home and overseas.

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  • Page 2 – Response to war

    Maori leaders offered men for both home defence and overseas service, and Maori requests for their own military unit followed, although not all wanted a Maori battalion.

  • Page 3 – Achievements

    The 28th (Maori) Battalion established a formidable reputation as one of New Zealand’s finest fighting forces.

  • Page 4 – The home front

    Maori were active on the Home Front, involving themselves in the huge fund-raising and production efforts that New Zealanders undertook during the 1940s.

  • Page 5 – Impact

    The Second World War was a significant event in terms of Maori–Pakeha relations, and the reputation of the Maori Battalion was a source of great pride to the wider New

Māori in the NZEF

South African 'Boer' War

  • South African 'Boer' War

    The South African War of 1899-1902, often called the Boer War (sometimes the Second Boer War), was the first overseas conflict to involve New Zealand troops

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  • Page 8 - Māori and the warMany Māori supported New Zealand's involvement in the South African War and some were willing to enlist. Although Māori were officially excluded from service in South Africa, a

Biographies

  • Carroll, Hēni Materoa

    Hēni Materoa-Carroll helped to raise funds for Māori soldiers serving abroad during World War I, mainly through the Eastern Maori Patriotic Association.

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  • Callaway, John Walter

    John Walter Callaway (Wāta te Wahahuia) or Walter, as he was commonly known, is credited with being the first Māori to serve in the South African War.

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