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Addressing the Maori contingent at the' Avondale (Auckland! camp on Thursday, l the Hon. James Allen, Minister of Defence, informed the men that they were to sro to Egypt. Mr Allen added: “I do notknow wn ” ’ ' ‘s will contact -with npire, even on the shores of Egypt; but if you do meet them, we want you to render a food account, not only to your own race, ut also to your pakeha brethren here. Each man must feel himself to bo, not merely an individual unit, but part of a composite force. When you get to Egypt you must let tho Imperial men see what can be done by tbo native race of New Zealand. You have a great opportunity to show what can bo produced by the Natives of this country. You go from us not only a* soldiers, ’but as men representing, I believe, the finest native race upon the earth living alongside pakehas. You must fight asrainst all possible temptations in other lands. You will need strength, and' character, and determination of will and- guidance, which I am certain you will get to enable you to meet the temptations. The country will be proud to welcome you back again when the war is over. Bear yourselves as soldiers and as men of whom' New Zealand b6-.Rroud,? take place into

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Page 7 Advertisements Column 1, Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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Page 7 Advertisements Column 1 Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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