Preserving the Mana of a Fighting Chief

Maketū men have sacrificed their lives for 100 years in defence roles of attrition and peacekeeping in foreign wars and hot spots globally. The Boer War underpinned a familiar theme in the acquisition of land by force for Māori and Pākehā. The consequences since the South African war for Maketū was manpower involvement in twentieth-century … Continue reading Preserving the Mana of a Fighting Chief

How Small Town Maketū Took on the World

World War Two Maketū  In September 1939, the outbreak of World War Two gave many New Zealand men the opportunity to volunteer for active service abroad. Men living in Maketū signed up with the local Native Recruitment Office. The contribution of volunteers from some families was extraordinarily high; sometimes three, four or even five brothers … Continue reading How Small Town Maketū Took on the World