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Pioneer Battalion flag


This First World War New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion flag is attributed to Captain Pirimi Tahiwi.

In the centre of the flag is a red crown pierced by a taiaha (spear) and tewhatewha (long-handled axe-shaped club). The wording around the crown reads: 'TE HOKO WHITU A TU N-Z-N-C', with ‘New Zealand Maori Contingent’ and ‘N.Z. Pioneers’ all in red.

The motto 'Te Hokowhitu a Tu' means 'the 70 twice-told warriors of the War God'.


National Army Museum Te Mata Toa
Accession Number: 1984.1628
Permission of the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa must be obtained before any reuse of this image.

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