Topic: ANZAC

Te Kāea Anzac special bulletin 4:00

By Te Kāea

Over to the East Coast,where an event of a poignant nature took place at a dawn service this morning.

Te Kāea reporter Aroha Treacher is there now and says the main street of Tolaga Bay was lined with young Māori warriors as a canister was buried today, a symbol that represents Te Aitanga a Hauiti burying the ghosts of violence of the past.

The Honorary French Consular is also in town to present the family of Māori war hero Toi Karini who was awarded the Cross of War (Croix de Guerre) for gallantry, with his official citation after it got lost in the Gisborne floods in 1963.

Meanwhile in the Bay of Plenty a special honour was paid to a Pākehā family, the Mahoney family, at the Anzac Day commemorations in Ruatoki, acknowledging their strong ties to the Tūhoe people during and after WWI.

Mere McLean is at Te Rewarewa Marae where she says there was a huge celebration this morning. She says it was packed to the rafters with many who attended the celebration.

She says the ceremony was made that much more special with the attendance of the last survivor of Tūhoe who served, Haare Te Nuku Ratana. The Mahoney family who lived in the region years ago also attended the service at the marae for the first time.

Meanwhile in Gallipoli, young Caitlin Papuni-McLellan of Te Whakatōhea is became a young star following her speech in front of thousands at the Anzac service in the peninsula where she honoured her great-grandfather, whānau and iwi.

You can watch Caitlin's full speech on our Māori Television website.

In sports news, coinciding with the club's 20th anniversary season, the Warriors' first ever Anzac Day match was played at Mt Smart stadium against the Titans this afternoon.