Dr Monty Soutar on the Maori contingent at Gallipoli
Dr Monty Soutar (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa) is a senior historian for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, but he's also the Auckland War Memorial Museum World War One Historian in residence. He has been a member of the Maori Advisory Board for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and a member of the Maori Council for the Historic Places Trust. Monty is currently Project Coordinator for the 28th Maori Battalion website, developed on behalf of the 28th Maori Battalion Association by Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Te Puni Kokiri. Next week is going to be a busy one, with the launch of his book in Ngā Tama Toa in te reo, which shows World War II from the perspective of Maori soldiers. On Saturday the 15th of November there's the opening of the Maori Batallion Museum in Gisborne, which will also include a re-enactment of the march of the Maori Contingent out of Gisborne, a 1000-strong parade.