Hohepa (Joe) MacDougall speaks about his tipuna in the 28th Maori Battalion

He kōrero tēnei nā Hohepa MacDougall e pā ana ki ōna pāpā i haere ki te pakanga tuarua o te ao (WW11), a Tahae Trainor (Sergeant) i haere me te 28 Māori Battalion i te tau 1939, a, i mate i Casino i te tau 1944, rāua ko Ihaia Trainor (Warrant Officer) i haere me te RAF ā, i te tau 1943 i pōhia ia ki te 620 Squadron hei Air Bomber i runga i ngā Stirling, ka mate ki Wīwī i te marama o May 1944. He kōrero i puta nā runga i ngā kōrero a ōna mōrehu pāpā/koroua i hoki mai i te pakanga, me ōna ake rangahau haere.

The following is a commentary from Hohepa MacDougall regarding his 2 uncles that fought in WW11, namely Sergeant Tahae Trainor who went with the 28 Māori Battalion in 1939 and was killed in action in May 1944, and Warrant Officer Ihaia Trainor who was attached to the RAF in 1943 and was posted to 620 Squadron as an Air Bomber on Stirlings and died in France in June 1944. His information comes from stories from his uncles/granduncles who returned after WW11 and his own research.  

 

Nuk Korako talks about Hikoi Maumahara (Journey's of Remembrance) with Veterans and Whanau

Tutehounuku (Nuk) Korako is a National MP and before politics he had his own own travel company. One of tours he organised was Maori Battalion Hikoi Maumahara (Journey's of Remembrance) with veterans and whanau, taking them back to the battlefields and war cemeteries of North Africa including Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Crete, Malta, Italy. He also did a combination of First and Second World War battle sites and war cemetery visits.

Many whanau traveled on these hikoi, bringing with them their letters from whanau soldiers, and stories.

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Bruce talks about his father's experience of war

Bruce speaks of finding a box of his father's war memorabilia, and his subsequent travels and research regarding his father's experiences in World War I.

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