The 28th Māori Battalion website is a place to record, remember, honour and maintain information and knowledge of the Māori Battalion and its outstanding contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand.
This site and its related resources has been developed for the benefit of the remaining veterans, their families and for all New Zealanders. It has been developed in partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri, the National Library of New Zealand and the Ministry of Education.
Visit www.28maoribattalion.org.nz or connect with us online to learn about the many ways you can contribute images and memories.
In December 2012, a ceremony was held to mark the winding up of the National Association of the 28th Māori Battalion. Images from the National War Memorial ceremony are available on the the Ministry's flickr page.
A Final Official Luncheon booklet was also produced for the Pipitea Marae event. Monty Soutar researched and wrote the stories on the history of the 28th Māori Battalion (NZ) Association, the Māori Battalion’s Return from War and “Tū Māori Mai”.
Section 18A of the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981 was inserted on 5 December 2013 through the Statutes Amendment Bill. Section 18A provides protections against unauthorised use of words and emblems relating to 28 Māori Battalion.
In September 2014, it was announced the history of the 28th Māori Battalion will be further preserved as part of a project to record the histories of the Battalion’s A, B and D companies.
A MOU between the Ministry and the 28th Māori Battalion B Company History Trust concerning a history of the Battalion’s B Company in the Second World War was signed in August 2015.
Graeme Vercoe, Chair of the Trust and Paul James, the Ministry's Chief Executive signing the MOU documents. Sir Wira Gardiner has been contracted as the historian to complete the B Company history.
Read more about the project to document the A, B and D company histories on our current projects page.