Matehaere Huriwai bids farewell. Matehaere, also known as Paenoa, was from Tikitiki on the East Coast. He served with C Company and embarked with the Main Body.
This very short recording was made after the official farewell ceremony to volunteers from the Tairawhiti region at Gisborne on 27 March 1940. At that point the men were boarding their buses.
(Site administrator's note: there is a lot of static throughout the audio).
Radio announcer: What’s your name?
Radio announcer: Just say goodbye to anybody you’d like to, we’re on the air, 2ZM here.
Huriwai: Aah, tae atu nei [ki] ngā tāngata o Tikitiki. Kia ora koutou and good luck to you all.
Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright.
Photograph from Nga Taonga a Nga Tama Toa Trust