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Pioneer Battalion, 1918

Pioneer Battalion, 1918

Some Māori were keen to be accepted as part of the New Zealand nation, and hoped that participation in the First World War would confirm their membership of the British Empire and the nation. A Māori contingent went to Gallipoli and was subsequently re-formed as the Pioneer Battalion to serve on the western front, where 336 men were killed. Here the battalion performs a haka before the visiting prime minister, William Massey (right), and his deputy Sir Joseph Ward.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collection
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Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealanders - Maorilanders', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 May 2015