Charlie Mohi, Part 13 - Soldier training and discipline

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Te Tohara (Charlie) Mohi grew up in Pakipaki.  He embarked for war in 1941 and served with the Maori Bren-carrier platoon.  Charlie returned on furlough in 1945, see the photo here.

Charlie was a training officer as well.  In this recording he discusses disciplinary action applied to a soldier for shooting birds.

Transcript

Te Tohara Mohi:  I tetahi rangi e tae mai a matou mahi i taua wa nei hei ako e nga hoia e haere mai ana i te wa kainga.  Ka tae mai tetahi ope, etahi o matou, tino hoa tonu no matou, whanaunga no matou.  A matou mahi tuatahi i te korero atu ki a ratou nga ture hei whakahaere ana i to matou, o to matou iwi a matou mahi i reira i roto i tera motu ne.  I tetahi, oh, i te mea tuatahi ko wētahi nga mea korero tuatahi, “Kaua e mahia e nga manu, kauaka e pupuhihia, no te mea he tapu hoki era mea ki te iwi o tera kainga.  Katahi tonu ka mutu atu te korero atu ki tetahi o matou ka puta atu tenei ki waho te rongotanga atu ‘pou’ – ana!  Ao ana te hunga i waho, e, e takoto mai ana te manu e tu tonu ana te tangata me tana pu.  Korero atu au ki a ia, “E hoa, kei te mohio toku kaua e pupuhi nga manu nei”.  Ka kata.  Ka karanga mai te apiha “A, maungia atu”.  Hoatu atu tana kai.  Ka korero atu au ki taua hoia nei, “Haere, kuhungia o kakahu mo te makariri, me to peke, me to pu, me to koti.”  Timata au i te whakahaere i te, i nga mahi o te tangata nei i runga i te, to matou wahi takaro.  Mahingia mo te haora, me te haora, me te tahi me te haora tahi - kotahi me te half haora.  E mahi ana au i taua tangata nei.  Kua puta mai ke nga roimata i te, i ana kanohi, tona ngenge, tona mamae.  A, ka whakahaere au a kua mohio pea ana ka aha ke te mahi, kauaka, e kauakahia nga manu nei.  

E hoa, kare ano e rua wiki kua rongo ano matou te pu e pahupahu ana.  Puta atu, ko taua tangata ano me te manu e takoto ana.  Ka karanga mai to matou apiha “Taihoa, maku e mahi tenei”.  A, ka kakahungia ana kakahu taumaha, whakakiingia tana peke i te kirikiri.  A, ka timata te whakaomaoma haere.  E rua haora pea e omaoma haere a kua ngenge atu [te] tangata nei.  Kare ano e taea te hapai i ana waewae.  Kua timata hoki te tangi, ka hinga, a haere atu te apiha ka kiki atu te tau.  Kia tu, a, ka haere ano, kua ahua whakaaro pea te apiha ra koia tona, tona hara.  Ka tuku atu, kia hoki ki roto tana teneti.  Te hokitanga atu te tangata ki roto ki tana teneti, ei, hemo tonu atu.  Ka haere atu au te toro, ki te tiro atu kei te pehea - ka karanga atu au, eh kua hemo ke te tangata e.  Ka haere au ki te tiki wai, ka mahia, a ka ora mai.  A, kei te tangi tonu me tona karanga, kare ia e pupuhi i aua manu ano.  Ko enei aua mea e mohiotia nei e matou...


Reference:

Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, ref: 139356. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright.

Image
Crop of full photo -  Bren-carrier platoon leads the Maori Battalion into Tripoli, 23 January 1943.  Sgt Te Whiu Purei (standing) and Charlie Mohi, seated.

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Submitted by mbadmin on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 14:07

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