Story: Ngā rōpū – Māori organisations

Āpirana Ngata farewells soldiers

28th (Māori) Battalion soldiers of the Fourth Reinforcement are farewelled from Wellington by Sir Āpirana and Lady Te Rīringi Ngata. Sir Āpirana performs a hongi (traditional greeting) with Second Lieutenant Jack Reedy, while Lady Te Rīringi performs a hongi with Second Lieutenant Peta Awatere (later commander of the Māori Battalion). Ngata was heavily involved in recruiting and support for the war effort in both world wars.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Country Lads. National Film Unit, 1941

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Basil Keane, 'Ngā rōpū – Māori organisations - New Māori organisations, early 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/29685/apirana-ngata-farewells-soldiers (accessed 25 May 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017