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Sat 25 Apr 2015, 9:55am–12:15pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


MC: Joe Harawira (Ngāti Awa, Ngaiterangi, Ngāti Maniapoto)

You are invited to this free public event at the National Library on Anzac Day.

We’ve brought together an articulate group of speakers who are passionate about the subject of Māori participation in war. Our people will share their extensive research and anecdotal evidence in this session designed for a whānau (family) audience.

Ultimately, war has played a significant part in the shaping of who we are as a people and culture, not to mention our reputation and standing on the world stage. It is but another thread in the fabric of our history.

Join us in this special free Anzac “story” session to hear interesting accounts about the world war and other campaigns, from a Māori perspective, but with universal appeal. Some elements of the stories will be shared for the very first time.

Kaikorereo (speakers) will appear in the following order:
- Puawai Cairns (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāiterangi): Curator Māori Contemporary Culture, Puawai is one of the curators on the recently opened major exhibition ‘Gallipoli: the scale of our war’ at Te Papa.
- Leanne Tamaki (Tūhoe, Ngāti Maniapoto): Leanne is Administrator of the 28th Māori Battalion website at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
- Taina McGregor (Ngāti Porou): Taina is the Oral History Advisor, Māori, at the Alexander Turnbull Library. She was a principal interviewer on the C Company Oral History Project in 1994.
- Tata Lawton (Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Paoa, Ngai Tai and Ngati Mahanga): Tata is currently the Deputy Director-General Kahui Kaupapa Atawhai for the Department of Conservation. He is also lead researcher for the C Company Oral History Project, 28 Māori Battalion.

Facilitator: Lee Timutimu (Ngāti Awa, Ngaiterangi, Tūhoe)

Image: The Pioneer Battalion cheering Massey and Ward on their departure, Bois-de-Warnimont, France. Alexander Turnbull Library, Ref: 1/2-013291-G

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