13 Nov 2012

Dwindling band of brothers eyes final hui

6:33 am on 13 November 2012

The group organising the final hui of the 28th Maori Battalion next month says that veterans have made it plain just how they want the day to go.

The 28th Maori Battalion Association will be formally wound-up at the hui in Wellington on 1 December.

There are now only 25 surviving Maori Battalion veterans and only about 11 are expected to be able to make the hui.

Organiser Matt Te Pou says the veterans want the day to be one of remembrance and of celebration.

He says the day will start with a service at the National War Memorial and will be followed by a lunch for invited guests at Pipitea Marae.

Mr Te Pou says that Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae will head the guests of honour.