16 Nov 2014

War Report - 16 November

From New Zealand in World War I, 8:53 pm on 16 November 2014

Reports from the Otago Daily Times about anti-German feeling and wartinme stoies from newspapers in Tauranga and Blenheim. Captain Pitimi Tahiwi comments on Maori recruitment and Second World War Maori Battalion members sing a First World War recruiting song E te ope tuatahi written by Sir Apirana Ngata.

Chris Puglsey comments on the early plans for a "white man's war". Quote from Minister of Defence Allen: "On 24 October 1914 inspecting the Maori Pioneer Battalion in camp at Avondale, Auckland, the Minister of Defence, James Allen, made a speech which reflected the attitudes of the time:

"I am proud that New Zealand has raised a body of Natives at this crisis. You might even turn out better soldiers than your Pakeha brothers if you choose."

Music extracts:

Artist: Harry McDonough
Song: Goodbye Dolly Grey
Album: Oh, It’s a Lovely War Vol 2    
Label: CD 41 486309

Artist: Violet Lorraine
Song: Three Cheers for Little Belgium
Composer: n/s
Album Oh It’s a Lovely War Vol 2
Label CD41 48630

Artist: Maori Battalion
Song: E te ope tuatahi
Composer: Apirana Ngata
Album: Ake !Ake! Kia Kaha E!
Label: CD Atoll ACD 206     

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