Kaupapa: France

New Zealand veterans who served in France remembered

Taroi Black
  • Te Whanganui-ā-Tara

I te Ūpoko o te Ika, ka whai mātou i ētahi tokorua whakatipuranga o ngā hōia Māori ite pakanga ki Arras i hāpai i tētahi hui whakamaumahara mo ngā hōia o Aotearoa i Wīwī. Whā tekau mā toru o rātou nō te rōpū Māori i hāpai i ngā mahi i te taha o te New Zealand Tunneling Company i mua i te pakanga o Arras.

He uri whakaheke a Angela Karini e whakamaumahara ana ki tōna tīpūna.

Hei tā Angela Karini, (Uri), “I tae mai au hei kanohi mo taku whānau, mo taku tīpuna ko Toi Karini tēra, he ringa raupā ia i ngā rua i te kōpu o te whenua o Arras.”

Ko tā Sue Baker (Uri), “Another soldier who lost his life was my great-uncle who was a great-grandson of Titi Marae Te Kemara.”

I whakakanohi mai te minita take tahua pūtea a Bill English me ētahi atu mana kāwanatanga, pēra i te māngai mo Wīwī a Florence Jeanblanc-Risler ki te wāhi whakamaumaraha o Pukeahu ki ngā Hōia.

Ko tēnei wāhi e kite ake i te nui o te rorowhenua i karia i raro i te taonē o Arras hei whakaruruhau i te hunga hōia me ā rātou taputapu ka kawehia ake i roto i te pakanga. 

Ko tā Baker, “What we need to remember is that the men from the New Zealand Tunnelling Company by in large were men who were used to being underground, they read the rock formations.“

I te marama o Hakihea, i te tau kotahi mano rau rau tekau mā whitu, wha tekau mā toru ngā hōia o te rōpū Māori ka hāpai i te New Zealand Tunnelling Comany i mua i te pakanga.

Ko tā Karini, “Ko te mea nui mo tēnei rā ka tino maumahara mātou i ā rātou me o rātou mahi huna i ngā rua, te mahi whātoke me o rātou kōrero mā ngā reanga kei te hāere mai.”

Ka whakamaumaharatia a Wīwī i te kotahi rau tau o te pakanga ki Arras a tēra tau.