The 28th Maori Battalion Association was formally wound up at a remembrance service in Wellington on Saturday.
The 28th Maori Battalion banner has been paraded for the last time at two ceremonies in Wellington, as the 25 remaining veterans officially wound up their association.
With a dwindling number of veterans still alive, it was decided that now was the right time to formally disband.
Of the 25 surviving members, 12 were at the service held alongside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The service was followed by lunch at the Pipitea Marae with Governor-General, Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, as the guest of honour.
Military chiefs and diplomats representing Australia, Britain, Italy, India and South Africa also attended.
Wreaths were laid and serving soldiers paraded the 28th Maori Battalion banner.
A total of 3600 men served with the 28th Maori Battalion during World War II, fighting in Greece, North Africa and Italy. Of these, 649 died during the war and 1700 were wounded.
The Maori Battalion received more individual bravery decorations than another New Zealand battalion.