Allanah Burgess


From the pā to the battlefields of the Great War

He Rau Mahara, a project being undertaken by the Whakapapa Unit of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, seeks to do the same for those Ngāi Tahu men who served in the Great War of 1914–1918. They fought on battlefields far from home, with some of them never to return to the country they were fighting for. “Their names are not often celebrated in our tribal history, but the struggles and sacrifices they went through deserve our recognition,” says Whakapapa Unit Manager Arapata Reuben. “He Rau Mahara is about creating a taonga that recognises the contribution they made.”

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Paying tribute to our WWI heroes

The Whakapapa Unit at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has embarked on a new project to bring to light the Ngāi Tahu heroes of World War I (WWI). Allanah Burgess, Whakapapa Projects Advisor, described those who served in WWI as unspoken heroes of the tribe. “We often acknowledge contemporary Ngāi Tahu heroes but we don’t…

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