Of the many exploits of 28 Maori Battalion
in the Second World War, none is more renowned than the capture of Takrouna, a rocky crag in central Tunisia.
The national Maori mental health nursing conference, held in March at Te Puna o te Matauranga Marae (Northtec) in Whangarei, captured the theme E Tu He Maori koe--Stand proud, you ore Maori, the challenge that Ngapuhi leader Taa Hemi Henare gave to the Maori Battalion
during World War 2.
5) The novel was inspired, as Grace says in the Author's Notes, by her father's active service with the Maori Battalion in the Italian Campaigns from 1944 (283).
Cody's official army history, 28th (Maori) Battalion (1956), Wira Gardiner's Te Mura a Te Ahi [The Blazing of the Fire], The Story of the Maori Battalion (1992), and accounts of the Cassino campaign such as those by Fred Magdalany (Cassino, Portrait of a Battle (1957) and The Monastery (1945)); for her personal tragedy of three brothers fighting in the Maori 28th Battalion, she turned to family memoirs, memorial programmes, oral accounts, photos and tape recordings (284-86).
For Tu, by contrast, in finding a new home in the company of the Maori battalion, 'backhome' confers a distinctive collective identity; Tu's comrades describe themselves as 'the backhome boys' (110).
When the Maori Battalion returns to New Zealand after the war, the apparent failure of the brothers' strategy in mutilating Tu to ensure that he return and fulfil family expectations becomes apparent: doubly betrayed by the commanding officers who put the Maori Battalion into indefensible positions as he says later (277), and then by his brothers, Tu shows signs of severe psychological dislocation even before leaving Italy, commenting: 'I belong nowhere except with my battalion [.
For Strange Resting Places, by Taki Rua Productions, Maori artist Rob Mokaraka and his Italian counterpart, Paolo Rotondo, both reached into their family histories to construct a tale of the Maori Battalion
stationed in Italy in World War II.
As is detailed by Vasey (3), this hiring of Maori Battalion
veteran Bennett was actually typical of the care Hollywood studios often took to avoid offence.
Joe joins the nationally mythologized Maori Battalion
and dies in the retreat from Crete.
This phrase was used with Ngata and the Young Maori Party and then again with the Maori Battalion
and its leaders and one wonders about its sense in the text and the title of this book.
As a child he knew that Buster, his father, 'was overseas during the war, Maori Battalion
an' all that'.
It is said that a vacuum was created in Maori leadership as the result of the attraction of Maori men into the Maori Battalion
during World War II.