24 Apr 2012

Anzac day triggers memories of Maori soldier's military whanau

9:19 pm on 24 April 2012

A New Zealand soldier serving in the Solomon Islands says during ANZAC Day he will be thinking of his three uncles who were in 28th Maori battalion.

Sergeant Major Pani Houia says he looks up to whanau who were in the military - and he will remember his pakeke or senior relatives during the service.

He says they really set an example as they were always in conflicts fighting in the sharp end of battle.

Sergeant Major Houia says the standard they set is something he is mindful of and he does not want to let that example down.

The soldier, of Ngati Rangi and Ngati Porou descent, says there will be a short and simple dawn ceremony at the cenotaph in Honiara on Wednesday.