The Maori War Effort at Home and Abroad in 1917

  • Monty Soutar


Monty Soutar’s chapter investigates the development and results of three processes during 1917 that reveal the Maori situation in Aotearoa/New Zealand during and after the First World War. The first is the reaction of Maori leaders to the casualties of the mixed-race New Zealand Pioneer Battalion. In parallel, the Pioneers’ name change to the Maori Battalion reflected its new status as an almost wholly Maori organisation. What were the implications of these changes for those in the battalion, on recruitment, and on Maori participation in the Second World War? Lastly, in 1917 New Zealand’s Military Service Act was extended to include the conscription of Maori. This move had long-lasting consequences and led to the investigation of Maori grievances dating back to the nineteenth century.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monty Soutar
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  1. 1.Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture and HeritageWellingtonNew Zealand

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