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Heritage Children

03 December, 2021 / Erica Newman

The empathy of those on the home front during World War II can be felt with the establishment of the ‘Heritage’ movement through which philanthropic work was set in place...

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Te reo Māori and the Presbyterian Church (1945)

12 November, 2021 / Lachy Paterson

Missionaries learning and preaching in te reo Māori was a fundamental factor in Māori converting to Christianity in the nineteenth century; they also reached out to Māori through print, with...

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Te Rau Aroha – The Mobile Canteen During and After the War

07 November, 2021 / Sarah Christie

In 1941 a dedicated fundraising appeal from the Native Schools raised over £900 to purchase and equip a mobile canteen for the Māori Battalion.

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He Tohu Aroha – Fundraising for the Mobile Canteen

27 October, 2021 / Saran Christie

World War II shaped the everyday lives of people in communities far from the fighting front lines.

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Lena Matewai Ruru: Serving her Community during Wartime.

01 October, 2021 / Angela Wanhalla

Communities relied on women like Lena Ruru (1902-1977, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) during the war.

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A Notorious Haystack

04 September, 2021 / Angela Wanhalla

Somewhere in Frankton was a baled haystack that was the subject of several newspaper stories about “alleged immoral behaviour” in April 1944.

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Sister Atawhai, a Methodist deaconess

24 July, 2021 / Sarah Christie

Rīpeka Huingariri Atawhai Wilcox’s (Ngā Puhi) correspondence, held at the Methodist Church Archives in Christchurch, reveal a valuable personal account of wider wartime experiences and the day-to-day adjustments to life...

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Were some Māori disloyal during the war?

27 June, 2021 / Lachy Paterson

After Japan attacked Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941, and moved its forces into South East Asia and the Pacific, New Zealand faced two enemies.

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The Ōrākei Petition, 1943

12 June, 2021 / Angela Wanhalla

It is impossible to comprehend the Māori war effort at home during the Second World War without reference to ongoing actions for historical redress and justice.

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Debates on the place of Māori in the Anglican Church.

04 June, 2021 / Lachy Paterson

Churches are cultural and social spaces as much as they are spiritual ones, and Māori have generally felt more comfortable in congregations where their tikanga, reo and identity have been...

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