Steven and his family come from Budapest, Hungary and they survived the ghettos and concentration camps in Europe. Having found each other again they then emigrated to NZ in 1948. This is the story of why they moved to New Zealand and their very first experience here.
In this moving interview Kaye-Maree speaks about her Koro Matewai Pohatu who fought with the Maori Pioneer Battalion in WW1.
After the war her Koro and his wife were the first Maori family to move to Karori.
This interview is in English and Te Reo.
Atene speaks about his ancester, Charlie Hillman who was part of the second Maori Contingent in World War I. While at war Charlie has killed tragically in an accident.
This interview is in Te Reo and English.
Caitlin's Great Uncle was involved in the first Maori Contingent that was sent to Gallipoli. He was tragically killed in action. Caitlin visited Gallipoli in 2015 and visited some of the places that he fought.
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.
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.
Linton's father served in WWI and was involved in the liberation of French town of Le Quesnoy. New Zealand lost 136 troops during this campaign but they sucessfully liberated French citizens from German captivity which was great victory.
Ian's father served during WWI and WWII. He recounts his travels and experiences as well as those of his uncles. Ian also recalls his own memories of life in New Zealand during the war including food rations and women joining the workforce.
Simon talks about his time serving in the Royal Navy from 1991 to 2007. He discusses some of the conflict he faced, meeting his wife during service, and the importance of remembering those who have served.
Christine has a collection of letters and diaries that her Grandfather wrote during his time serving in World War One. These letters which provide accounts of his experiences, the conditions in the trenches and various injuries he received at Gallipoli and the Somme.
97-year-old Mel recounts his experiences of battle and his memories of hardship, hunger and cold winters as a P.O.W during WWII. He also shares his post-war experience returning to regular life in New Zealand.
Rae talks about letters and diaries sent and kept by her father and uncle during World War One. As both men enlisted, trained, and went to the Battle of Messines together, Rae talks to us about the strength of comradery in moments of chaos.
A harrowing first and second hand account of World War Two with recollections of being forced to leave home and the hardships that ensued.
While this story may, at times, be hard to listen to it is vital to remember that, ultimately, this is a story of triumph as Frank survived and went on to live a long life with his own family, pictured to the left.