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Using archival sources and whānau stories, Te Hau Kāinga team aims to produce a book about the Māori experience of World War II at home.

Our project focuses on three main areas. We are looking at the economic contribution of Māori men and women to the war effort on the home front, but also how war impacted the social, religious and cultural obligations of families and communities. As over half of the Māori population was under 21 years of age in 1945, our project examines the relationship between youthful aspirations and wartime change, and asks how the war shaped the work and daily life of a generation of young people.

Each area is led by a research team member, and we are supported by an advisory group of experts representing different sectors of the community.

Project Leaders

Project Team

Advisory Group

Paul Diamond

Ngāti Haua, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi

Megan Pōtiki

Kāi Tahu

Dr Rev Wayne Te Kaawa

Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa

Dr Paerau Warbrick

Ngāti Awa

Student Research

connor aston

Connor Aston

Ngāti Ruanui
dylan thomas

Dylan Thomas

Raukawa, Hauraki
Jordan Quinnell

Jordan Quinnell

Ngā Ruahine, Taranaki, Tūwharetoa
Valerie Houkamau

Valerie Houkamau

Ngāti Porou
Zoe Thomas

Zoe Thomas

Bethany Waugh

Bethany Waugh

Te Āti Awa
Talia Ellison

Talia Ellison

Kāi Tahu, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toa
Leighton Williams

Leighton Williams

Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Āpia (Kuki Airani)
Rebecca Ammunson

Rebecca Lee Ammunson

Raukawa ki Wharepūhunga, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Whakaūe ki Hurungaterangi, Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Pākehā
Haeta Watson

Haeata Watson

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Pāhauwera

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