26 Apr 2013

Call for greater recognition of Pacific troops in Anzac centenary

5:12 am on 26 April 2013

Families of Pacific islands soldiers who fought in the First World War are calling for greater recognition at next year's ANZAC Day commemorations.

More than 450 mostly Niueans and Cook Islanders served with the Maori Pioneer Battalion in France and the Middle East.

Speakers at a Niuean ANZAC Day service in Auckland told the National Party MP Alfred Ngaro, the Pacific troops should be honoured properly for the centenary of the Great War.

Mr Ngaro, who is of Cook Islands descent, agrees.

He says few New Zealanders know Pacific soldiers fought with ANZAC troops, and their contribution needs to be highlighted.