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Parliamentary Reporter,

WELLINGTON, this day

In paying a tribute to the Maori Battalion in the House of Representatives yesterday, Mr. Tirikatene (Govt., Southern Maori), member of the Executive Council representing the Maori Race, mentioned that the Maoris had enlisted on a volunteer basis, and up to the present time had been able to more than fill their quotas. In proportion to their voluntary enlistments he was almost prepared to say they stood second to none in this world war. That was his reason for explaining that enlistment was still on a volunteer basis. The Maori to-day was a real and recognised brother of the Pakeha. It was the desire of representatives of the Maori race that there should be no discrimination shown by departments administering rehabilitation benefits between the Pakeha and Maori. Both should stand up equally to the benefits and the penalties. The Maoris had given an area of 40,000 acres in Ha'wke's Bay for the rehabilitation of Maori servicemen returning from overseas. That brought that portion of rehabilitation under the Native Department.

In referring to the V.C. awarded to the late Lieutenant Ngarimu, the Minister said there was a strong movement to establish a Ngarimu educational scholarship as a memorial to the achievements of the Maoris who had fallen in the war, and to their comrades who returned to New Zealand. While he could not speak for the whole race, he considered that every tribe and subtribe had a responsibility to contribute to such an object and maintain it.

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MAORI BATTALION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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MAORI BATTALION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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