Nau mai, haere mai

Welcome to the official 28th Māori Battalion website

This site is dedicated to the men who served with New Zealand’s 28th (Māori) Battalion during the Second World War, and to their whānau and friends. Between 1941 and 1945 the Māori Battalion forged an outstanding reputation on the battlefields of Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy. This is a fascinating story of spirit and adventure, courage and camaraderie, victory and tragedy.

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Presented by the 28th Māori Battalion Association and Manatū Taonga

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Discover more about Māori servicemen who served in the First World War and the 3600 men of the 28th who served in the Second World War through our fully searchable Battalion roll.

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    Jim Hauraki was the brother of my father Paraire Hauraki. Being…
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