J M, fl 1915. World War 1 Maori soldiers performing a haka, Egypt - Photograph taken by J M. Price, William Archer, 1866-1948 :Collection of post card negatives. Ref: 1/2-000580-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
Wallace hosts a panel to explore the experiences of indigenous and Pacific soldiers in the First World War: how and why they got involved in the war; their experience of conflict overseas, and; how Maori, Pacific, and Aboriginal servicemen were treated on their return home.
Dr Monty Soutar is the senior historian for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Dr Damon Salesa is the Associate Professor of Pacific Studies at Auckland University, and Gary Oakley is the Indigenous Liaison Officer at the Australian War Memorial.
Many Maori opposed participation in the war after land confiscations by the British but others saw it as a golden opportunity to prove they were the equals of Pakeha. We speak to historian Monty… Audio
Te Papa curator Puawai Cairns has been researching the stories of Māori men at Gallipoli. She discusses their reasons for volunteering, what happened to them and reuniting families with the stories of… Audio
On April 18th the exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War opened at Te Papa, the National Museum in Wellington. As part of the curatorial team, Puawai Cairns has researched the lives of the some of… Audio
Hundreds of Cook Islands soldiers enlisted for the First World War but their contribution has never been officially recognised by the New Zealand government they worked for. Daniela Maoate-Cox… Audio
17 Aug 2014
One hundred years ago this month, just a week after the declaration of what became the First World War, Britain asked New Zealand to disable a radio mast in German Samoa. It gladly accepted, sent an… Audio
Māori during World War One