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Additional resources (web and print)

The following is a selection of key resources that will supplement the use of Kia Mau in the classroom, with a specific History focus:


Summary of the narrative of the Māori Battalion in World War Two, plus primary sources such as photos, video and letters from the time:


Overview of the campaign, photos and a valuable bibliography of web and print resources. Written for history teachers and students:


Biographies of the main actors mentioned in Kia Mau, for example Moananui-nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu, Haane Manahi, Sir Apirana Ngata and Princess Te Puea:


NZ Onscreen – the Māori Battalion: March to Victory. 1990 Documentary with some excellent clips, particularly related to Ngarimu, soldier remembrance (spoken in Māori and translated into English) and recreations of key battles:


NZ Onscreen – Reluctant Hero: documentary about Willie Apiata and his Victoria Cross. Could be used as an introduction or as a link between the Māori Battalion and the present day:



Ian McGibbon, Gallipoli: a guide to New Zealand battlefields and memorials, Reed, Auckland, 2004

Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Second World War: the people, the battles and the legacy, Hodder Moa Beckett, Auckland, 2003

Ian McGibbon (ed.), The Oxford companion to New Zealand military history, OUP, Auckland, 2000

Megan Hutching (ed.) with Ian McGibbon, The desert road: New Zealanders remember the North African campaign, Harper Collins, Auckland, 2005

Megan Hutching (ed.) with Roberto Rabel, A fair sort of battering: New Zealanders remember the Italian campaign, Harper Collins, Auckland, 2004

Megan Hutching (ed.) with Ian McGibbon, Jock Phillips and David Filer, A unique sort of battle: New Zealanders remember Crete, Harper Collins, Auckland, 2001

Monty Soutar, Ngā Tama Toa – the Price of Citizenship: C Company 28 (Māori) Battalion 1939–1945, David Bateman, Auckland, 2008

Patricia Grace, , Penguin, Auckland, 2004 (This historical novel was inspired by her father's own diary outlining the experiences of the Māori Battalion.)

Paul Moon, Victoria Cross at Takrouna: The Haane Manahi Story, Huia, Auckland, 2010