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Honouring Haane Manahi – for country, Te Arawa Sword of Gallantry
Te Arawa were presented with the Sword of Gallantry in remembrance of the bravery of one of their own.
Te Arawa were presented with the Te Arawa Sword of Gallantry by Prince Andrew. The sword is a replica of the sword carried by Scottish officers in the year 1854. The sword is engraved with the following words: “Presented by Her Majesty the Queen to the Te Arawa people in respectful remembrance of the gallantry of Lance Sergeant Haane Manahi. 17th March 2007.”
That sword in due course was presented by Te Arawa to the head of the Army, and he wears it on occasions where it is fitting that he should wear it. And further to that, Ngāti Whakaue say that, when a new person assumes that rank, he will come in turn to their main marae, Te Papaiouru in Rotorua, and the sword will be presented to him.