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70 years ago this month

To ready for the approaching Winter Campaign the Battalion completed a 100-mile march from Maadi to Alexandria in six days. They also suffered casualties during night manoeuvres.  Read the war diary for August 1943 here

Te Kōrero mō te 28

Ka whakaaro muna ake a Rereroa, mō te mahi uaua o te whakaako i a Awarua ki te rere. Heoi anō, ka tukuna atu tōna takunga.

Mō te 28

The 28th (Māori) Battalion was part of the 2nd New Zealand Division, the fighting arm of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF) during the Second World War (1939-45). A frontline infantry unit made up entirely of volunteers, the Battalion usually contained 700-750 men, divided into five companies.

Te Whakahau kia Whawhai

Tokomaha ngā Māori i tū ki te whakautu i te karanga kia whawhai i te timatanga o te Pakanga Tuarua  i te marama o Mahuru 1939. I te marama o Whiringa-ā-Nuku, whai mai ana i te karanga o Tā Āpirana Ngata (me ētahi atu Mema Pāremata Maori) kia whakatūngia he ope taua Māori, i whakaae mai te Kāwanatanga kia whakatūngia te Ope Taua Maori 28.

Kariki me Kariti

E hika e!! Tūturu he whakairiiritanga i roto i te ahi ki runga i ngā whenua aweko o te Metatareina. Kotahi anake te hua o te wawaonga o Kariki me Kariti e ngā Hoa Whenua  ki ngā tuki o Tiamani, tērā ko te mate. Ka mutu he toimaha te parekura, engari i roto i ngā āpiti māhinahina i Maleme me te Huarahi 42nd, e hika mā ka whānau mai te kōrero pūrakau o te Ope Taua Māori.

Ngā Toa o te Koraha

Whai mai ana i te whakakohuki o Kariki me Kiriti, i āta tātai anō rātou i te Matua me te whakaharatau, whakarite ope tānga hoki, i a rātou i Ihipa. He āhua roa te wā e mahi pēnei ana rātou.  I te mutunga o te tau 1941 tae noa ki te timatanga o 1943 ka whakaanga atu te Ope Taua Māori ki te Afrika Korps o Erwin Rommel, rātou ko ngā taua o Itari, i roto i te koraha nui o Awherika ki te Raki. 

Te Whakahau ki Itari

Ko te Ope Taua Māori me ērā atu o ngā hōia o Aotearoa i whakapaua ngā tau e rua whakamutunga ki Itari. Kua whakarerea te koraha maroke, mōwai hoki, he pai mō ngā kakari waka taua me te pakanga nekeneke. Ka huri kē ngā hōia Māori ki te wharu me te hukarere, ngā maunga me ngā awa, he hoariri kua whakatūroangia hōhonutia - me ngā tāngata whenua kaha manaaki o Itari.

Te Āhua Noho i roto i te Ope Taua

Ko te kī a te hōia mō te pakanga ko te hia kē nei marama o te hoha, me te mataku poto nei. Ko te nuinga o te wā o te hōia kei muri i ngā raina, e whakaharatau ana , e 'tukituki ana i te tapawhā' me te mahi i ngā mahi o te āhua noho ā-puni nei. Ko te hākinakina me te whakangahau hei whakawai i ngā hōia, ā, ko ngā wā hararei hei whakarite mea angitu mō te mahi ā Rēhia me te tirotiro haere.

Te Aro Haukāinga

Mō te roanga o te pakanga i tautoko te iwi o te haukāinga i te mahi pakanga. Ka uru ki te Rōpū Tautiaki Haukāinga, ka whakatipu kai, ka mahi ki roto i ngā ahumahi waiwai, ka kohi pūtea hei tautoko i te kohakoha pakanga. Tokomaha ngā Māori i hūnuku mai ki ngā taone mō te wā tuatahi ki te mahi ki roto i ngā wheketere. Ka timata te 'whakataonetanga', ā, ka kaha haere whai muri i te pakanga.

Whai muri i te Pakanga

Ko te Pakanga Tuarua he mea hira mō ngā whanaungatanga i waenga i te Māori me te Pākehā. Ko ngā kohakoha me te rongonui o te Ope Taua Māori he take whakahī mō te hapori whānui o Aotearoa. E ai ki a Āpirana Ngata ko te urunga a te Māori ki te Pakanga Tuatahi koira te 'utu o te raraunga'. Whai muri i te Pakanga Tuarua, mārama ana te kite atu - kua utu nui te Māori.

Te rātaka

Each month we'll be adding a detailed account of what the 28 Māori Battalion was doing seventy years ago.