11 Jun 2016

Last 28th Māori Battalion A vet dies

5:23 pm on 11 June 2016

The last veteran of the 28th Maori Battalion's A company, Charlie Petera, has died at his home in Ngataki in the Far North, aged 92.

The 28th Maori Battalion at a transit camp in Egypt on the morning after their evacuation from Crete, June 1941.

The 28th Maori Battalion at a transit camp in Egypt on the morning after their evacuation from Crete, June 1941. Photo: DIA / Alexander Turnbull Library

Mr Petera was the patron of the Leadership Academy of A Company, a Whangarei charter school that aims to instil the battalion's discipline and principles in young Māori.

His nephew, Rudy Taylor, said Mr Petera was one of the leaders of the revival of Ngāti Kuri as a distinct iwi.

His funeral would be at Waiora Marae in Ngataki on Tuesday.

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