Māori Battalion

Where can I find information about the Māori Battalion?

Image: Massey and Ward inspecting Pioneer Maori Battalion Soldiers by Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga on Flickr

Entry last updated: 06/03/19

Introduction

Even though there was a Māori contingent in the First World War, the 28th Māori Battalion was only established in October 1939. Part of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force, the battalion fought many battles during the Second World War such as the battles at Crete and North Africa.

General Websites

These New Zealand based websites are the best place to look for information on the Māori Battalion. They cover the formation, history, battles fought, Māori war heroes and other important aspects, including current news updates on this topic.

28 th Māori Battalion

Launched in 2009 by the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage this site is a record of honour and information about the Māori Battalion's contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand in World War One and World War Two. The site has heaps of tabs for you to explore.

  • Story of the 28th details the history of the Battalion.
  • Battalion Roll has records of Māori soldiers who fought in both the World Wars.
  • Map follows the trail of the Battalion during WW2.
  • Photos/Video/Audio has lots of primary sources on this topic.
Tips: Websites that have .org or .net in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About this site on the website. It will tell you how and why this site was developed.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara is an excellent starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

Tips: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have either .govt or .ac, meaning they are from government or educational organisations. They’re also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.
Tips: Search words, or keywords, are the most important words in our question. Usually it’s better to leave out small words like ‘the’, ‘a’ and ‘of’ and just choose the main ones, e.g 'Māori Battalion'. We can always change our keywords or add more if we need to.

NZHistory

NZHistory is a great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we go all the way down the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Located in Auckland, this war museum tells the war stories of New Zealand. It has excellent Māori and Pacific collections.

Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About us link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

DigitalNZ

DigitalNZ is a search site that focuses on New Zealand history and brings together results from lots of different websites. It’s an easy way of searching online resources from New Zealand libraries, museums, universities and government sites all at once, and has lots of primary sources. The results are grouped by the type of information, like images, videos, newspapers, articles and research papers.

  • Search words such as 'Māori Battalion' will bring up images videos, newspapers and articles on this topic.
  • This website is a great source of primary sources.
  • Select the tab called More and then go to Articles for current news reports on the Battalion.
Tips: DigitalNZ has various search options for you to try out to make your searching more targeted and useful.

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga advises the government on arts, culture, heritage, sport and recreation, and broadcasting.

  • One of the projects to be undertaken is the 28th (Māori) Battalion company histories which will document the histories of the A, B and D Companies of the 28th Māori Battalion.
  • This page has related links we recommend you read, to know more about this topic. 

NZ On Screen

Managed by The Digital Media Trust, NZ On Screen has free to view videos and films on society, politics, culture and history of New Zealand .

Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri advises on Government-Māori relationships and on policies and legislation affecting Māori well being. This site has interesting stories and articles about the Māori Battalion.

Tips: Try using a variety of search words to find information on your topic.

Youtube

This is a video-sharing website owned by Google. Even though it is American owned, it has lots of New Zealand videos uploaded that you can access for free.

Tips: Sometimes on YouTube a video clip is preceded by an advertisement. You can either watch the advertisement or click on the option to 'skip the ad'.
Tips: YouTube also has an option to play similar videos lined up.

Books

There have been many books written about the Māori Battalion - check out your local public or school library to see what they have.

Some recommended titles are:

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