to fly in Rotorua for Waitangi Day
For the first time in 76 years, the 28th Māori Battalion Battle Honours memorial flag will be fully displayed and recognised in Rotorua for Waitangi Day.
It will be presented at Muruika, Ohinemutu on 6 February by Tā Robert Gillies, the last remaining member of the 28th Māori Battalion who served in B Company during World War II from 1942-1945.
Last year he was knighted for a second time after previously turning it down twice, accepting it on behalf of the soldiers he fought alongside.
The Battalion's 42 Campaign and Battle Honours will acknowledge the sovereign which recognises their presence, since the campaign and battle honours have never been displayed.
Tā Robert says recognition of the campaign is 70 years too late.
"We were volunteers, not conscripts, and we fought for six long years. The whole battalion agrees."
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