Date: Saturday, 25 April, 2015
Time: 10.00am – 12.15pm (please arrive by 9.55am)
Cost: Free
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
Contact Details: Book your spot by emailing
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We’ve brought together an articulate group of speakers who are passionate about the subject of Māori participation in war. Our people will share their extensive research experience and anecdotal evidence in this one-off session designed for a whānau (family) audience.

Ultimately, war has played a significant part in the shaping of who we are as a people and culture, not to mention our reputation and standing on the world stage. It is but another thread in the fabric of our history. Join us in this special ANZAC “story” session to hear interesting accounts about the world war and other campaigns, from a Māori perspective, but with a universal appeal.

“Kei wareware tātou…lest we forget.”


• Puawai Cairns (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāiterangi):

“The Sons of Tūmatauenga – Telling the stories of the Māori soldiers at Gallipoli.”

Curator Māori Contemporary Culture, Puawai is one of the curators on the recently opened major exhibition ‘Gallipoli: the scale of our war’ at Te Papa. For the last few years, Puawai has focused her research attentions on the biographical histories of the Māori men who served at Gallipoli, several of whom will be featured in the exhibition. She also presented some of her research and works at TEDx Tauranga last year.

• Leanne Tamaki (Tūhoe, Ngāti Maniapoto):

“Remembering War – Following in the footsteps of the 28th Māori Battalion.”

Leanne is Administrator of the 28th Māori Battalion website at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Leanne travelled with an 80 strong tour party to Europe and North Africa in May 2014 to retrace the steps of our ancestors that fought in WWII.

• Taina McGregor (Ngāti Porou):

“Nā tātau, mā rātau – The home effort 1915 – 1918.”

Taina is the Oral History Advisor, Māori, at the Alexander Turnbull Library. She was a principal interviewer on the C Company Oral History Project in 1994. This project went on to become one of the largest oral history projects in NZ. Taina is also a trustee of Nga Taonga a Nga Tama Toa trust, who are the kaitiaki (caretakers) of the C Company Oral History and Memorabilia Collection.

• Tata Lawton (Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Paoa, Ngai Tai and Ngāti Mahanga):

“Demystifying research – a C Company experience.”

Tata is currently the Deputy Director-General Kahui Kaupapa Atawhai for the Department of Conservation. Hes also lead researcher for the C Company Oral History Project, 28th Māori Battalion, which has been going since 1994. This project is a personal, social and military history of the Māori people who reside on the East Coast region of the North Island from the Hawkes Bay area to the Bay of Plenty. Tata has a significant background in research, history (Māori, New Zealand and Pacific), indigenous rights and traditional knowledge. He has worked in the Treaty Settlements arena as a researcher for the Waitangi Tribunal.