Nga Tama Toa The price of citizenship

C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939–1945

By Monty Soutar

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Nga Tama Toa: The Price of Citizenship offers a truly unique insight into the impact the Second World War had on the iwi of the Tairawhiti district (on the east coast of the North Island) focusing on the region’s war effort not only overseas, but also at home and in government. Through personal recollections, eyewitness accounts, numerous anecdotes and highly illustrated throughout, the book tells the fascinating story of the Battalion’s war. It captures the special ‘spirit’ of the Maori Battalion, which became renowned for its courage and daring in battle, as well as for its contribution in manpower to the war effort — of the 3600 men who served in the Maori Battalion, a quarter were from Tairawhiti. It’s an amazing story, at times heart-rending, at times heart-warming, and it allows the voices of those who were actually there to be heard on almost every page.

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286 x 213 mm, 448 pages, hardback with jacket, over 200 images plus hundreds of portraits of C Company members


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Monty Soutar

Monty Soutar has significant experience in historical research, in particular oral history. In the 1990s he led a team who interviewed over 100 Maori veterans and widows about their experiences in the Second World War. He has been a fellow in Maori History with the History Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, a member of the Maori Advisory Board for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and a member of the Maori Council for the Historic Places Trust. Monty is currently Project Coordinator for the 28th Maori Battalion website, developed on behalf of the 28th Maori Battalion Association by Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Te Puni Kokiri.