3 Jul 2009

Grandfather's war service honoured

7:29 am on 3 July 2009

A soldier turned choreographer has honoured his grandfather, who fought in the 28th Battalion.

Maaka Pepene from Tuhoe and Ngati Hine spent six years in the infantry before studying dance.

Over the past decade he's worked with Taio dance theatre, Black Grace and now the Atamira Dance Collective.

At the Rose Theatre at Belmont on the North Shore on Thursday night, Atamira began a tour of Pepene's Memoirs of Active Service, inspired by his grandfather's wartime diaries.

Five performers portray shearers turned soldiers caught up in the World War II.

Waatea News reports Memoirs of Active Service also includes videos and a backdrop inspired by a painting by Peter McIntyre, New Zealand's official war artist.