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Significant opportunity to remember Maori Battalion Continued from page 1. The 28th Maori Battalion was part of the fighting arm of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force during the Second World War. “It’s very significant,” Marae manager Linda Olsen said. “It’s a chance to remember people from the different wars.” After a short procession to the Marae, with many holding framed images of ancestors, prayers and songs were offered, both in English and in Maori, including Now Is The Hour (Po Atarau), and Pokarekare Ana. Po Atarau was heard often during the Second World War as soldiers were farewelled - and it was also used to farewell Maori soldiers departing for the First World War. Many, most holding framed images, told stories of their grandparents, parents and uncles who served their country and what this meant to them. After those gathered left the marae, Gabriel Tupou, also deputy chairperson of the Wainuiomata Community Board, played the Last Post on his bugle during a flag-raising ceremony.
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Gabriel Tupou, left, plays The Last Post as the flag is raised.
After the event Kauri Mahuika, 20, who speaks fluent Maori and had several ancestors at Gallipoli, said the both the Anzac service and the Marae remembrance were amazing to be a part of. He was carrying two framed images of his grandfather and great-uncle, one who never returned from the war. “It’s very important to me – it reminds me of the time when our soldiers went to war,” he said. “Four members of my family went – only three made it back.” Waka Kerehona, a Maori warden who remembered members of his family who served at both WWI and WWII, said it was important for him to remember those who had gone before in a unique Maori way. Linda said the Maori Battalion was not specifically mentioned at the Anzac Day service so a separate acknowledgement was appropriate. “The Maori battalion didn’t get acknowledged in the speeches,” she said. The Marae commemoration is in its third consecutive year and is likely to continue to be an annual event.
Pencarrow Lions grant $1000 to community The Pencarrow Lions Club made a presentation to two community groups at one of its fortnightly meetings last month. The Wainuiomata Community Patrol and the local Fire Brigade were both presented $500 cheques by club president Josephine Gibbs, after the two groups were suggested as worthy recipients at a movie night on March 11. T hey were ‘aboulutely thrilled’ to be presented with the grants, Josephine said.
The club meets at Louise Bilderbeck Hall on Tuesdays, and members raise money during the year, primarily through raffles, movie nights and sausage sizzles. They then distribute grants locally. “We do what we can do,” Josephine says. “We are in Wainuiomata and we want to keep the money in Wainuiomata.” The Pencarrow Lions Club has been working in the community for the past 31 years.
Pencarrow Lions President Josephine Gibbs, second from right, at the cheque presentation
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Published on May 2, 2017