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Trench Digger

The Trench Digger

22 March, 2020 / Maori Home Front

Over the break, Te Hau Kāinga had three students undertaking research projects as part of our  summer scholarships.

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Tainui Maori performing action songs for United States servicemen at Ngaruawahia. Ref: 1/4-000349-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

The Kīngitanga and the World

19 March, 2020 / Connor Aston

World War Two presented an opportunity for the Kīngitanga to make connections internationally, once the United States had entered the war, and New Zealand became a rear base of sorts...

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Kingi Report

For Kīngi and Country

28 February, 2020 / Maori Home Front

We are really pleased to show you the Summer Internship report from Connor Aston (Ngāti Ruanui), a History student based at Waikato University.

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'Tātou Tātou, Altogether': Māori Workers & Unions on the WWII Home Front (2)

20 February, 2020 / Ross Webb

Part II: Organised labour, Tūtaki and shearers on the home front The preceding blogpost looked at the early work of the New Zealand Workers Union (NZWU) and its principal Māori leader,...

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‘Tātau Tātau, Altogether’: Māori workers & unions on the WWII home front (1)

17 February, 2020 / Ross Webb

The story of Māori workers and unions during World War II is not well known.

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‘Our Girl’: The Y.W.C.A. and Pacific women in Auckland, 1939-1945.

13 February, 2020 / Alice Taylor

The Young Woman’s Christian Association’s (Y. W. C. A) support for New Zealand’s involvement in the Second World War was complex.

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The Chatham Islands Secret Airbase

22 January, 2020 / Rosey Anderson

The Chatham Islands, some eight-hundred kilometres east of New Zealand, are home to around 600 people.

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Unidentified W.A.A.F.s. Reference: Paenga, gp 5, 18 Oct 1946. Nelson Provincial Museum, Geoffrey C Wood Collection: 199926

Women’s Work: in the W.A.A.F. or farm work?

17 December, 2019 / Rosemary Anderson

In November 1942, Māori came under the authority of Industrial Man-power Emergency Regulations.

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Westfield 1942

22 November, 2019 / Lachy Paterson

In April 1942, Te Waka Karaitiana stated “Last month a dispute broke out between the workers of the Auckland meat works and their employers.

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Seaweed Wealth

14 November, 2019 / Angela Wanhalla

[Image: Girls from Raukōkore Native School hanging up seaweed, 1941  [2, wh. 203]. Seaweed Wealth   Seaweed was essential to the war effort.

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