Story: European ideas about Māori

Māori Battalion

The 28th Māori Battalion, who fought in the Second World War, drew on Māori warrior traditions and gained a reputation as a fearsome foe. This warrior image was imprinted on European imaginations. Here members of the battalion train north of Auckland in 1942, before leaving for the theatre of war overseas.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Weekly Review 67. National Film Unit, 1942

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James Belich, 'European ideas about Māori - Modern racial stereotypes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 October 2019)

Story by James Belich, published 5 May 2011