Pebbles from Gallipoli are due to be brought back to Aoteroa and displayed at the national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa before next year's Anzac centenary commemorations.
The Returned and Services Association's representative for Maori ex-services personnel, Guv Grey, says tikanga such as Maori prayers will be carried out over the kohatu before arriving at Te Papa.
Mr Grey says a team from New Zealand will be collecting the pebbles and they will be screened.
He says the museum wants to lay the pebbles underneath glass in the floor at the Wellington site.
Some 35,000 troops from New Zealand, Australia, Britain, France, and India died in the unsuccessful eight-month Gallipoli campaign launched to force the Ottoman Empire to open the Dardanelles to the Allied fleet during World War I.
Turkey's Ottoman empire lost nearly 87,000 men in the battles.