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MAORI WARRIORS

THE NATIVE CONTINGENT, SOUTH ISLANDERS IN WELLINGTON. IFkom Ocr Parliamentary Reporter.] WELLINGTON, October 19. Tho South Island contingent of the Haori Expeditionary Force arrived in Wellington on Saturday morning by the Walt ine, and were welcomed by Mr T. Partita, W.P. for the Southern Maori district. The troopers, numbering about 50 in all, were brought along to Parliamentary Buildings, where a formal welcome was extended them by Mr Parala. They are certainly a very fine lot of men, and they are all young, tall, and strong —in the pink of condition. The most casual observer would recognise in them the worthy representatives of a fine fighting race. The wheel of time has made but a short turn since their lathers and grandfathers were arranged in #ll their savage might against the force of British arms.. To-day they are" standing shoulder to shoulder with the pakeha in the great struggle which carries in its issue the fate of the whole British Empire. There are no more stalwart upholders of the British mana than the Maoris. This is a fact which the enemies of Great Britain should have good cause to realise before the next few years have passed. If all the men of the native race which New Zealand sends to poir>*s 0 f danger in the days shortly to come are like those which Assembled m Wellington on Saturday, the Empire will have good cause to be thankful that New Zealand is a part of the King’s Dominions.

-tiler the first welcome in the Chamber Ihe contingent went to the Prime Minister’s room in order to receive the greeting pf the head of the Government. After referring to the raising of the main Expe iitionary Force, Mr Massey said that he >as sure that the representatives of the native race would be a credit to the Government and the people of New Zealand. The members of the contingent represented S great fighting race. He hoped that thev Would have a good time, both on the voyage and when they arrived at their destination. _ They must subject themselves to discipline- No man could be a toocl soldier unless he had learned to obey the orders of his officers. The Government did not wish to have over the Maoris officers of any other race, and he hoped that in a few years the Maori soldiers of Ihe Empire would be commanded by Maori officers as efficient as officers of the British .face. (Hear, hear.) The Empire was low facing the greatest crisis in its his:ory. When they were fighting for Empire they were fighting for New Zealand if Britain did not win—although we are ill certain sire would—tho German flag, instead ot the British Flag, would fly over New Zealand and Australia. (Cries of *No!”) We had all been born under tho British Flag, and we would all do our utmost to ensure that wo died under it, as we would be proud to do. (Hear, hear.) Be knew the place in Auckland where the Maori troops were going to camp, but he could not say whether they were going V) embark from the northern "port or from Wellington. In any case, he hoped to see ihem again before they sailed, and for that reason he would not say “ Good-bye.’’ but “An revoir."

Mr Parata thanked the Prime Minister for his reception of the troops. He hoped that they would be all good disciplinarians, and that they would do what their officers told them to do. If they did that thev would turn out real good men. All the Natives of the country would then be Croud of them. All their people would look to their doings wherever they were sent. Thev were going forth to do battle Bot only for themselves and their own people, but for all those who live under She Union Jack. (Cheers.) The contingent left for Auckland by the Evening train.

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MAORI WARRIORS, Evening Star, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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MAORI WARRIORS Evening Star, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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