New Zealanders in the First World War – Māori and Pacific Island Soldiers

Carkeek, R. Home little Māori home: a memoir of the Māori Contingent, 1914-1916
Diary of author’s experiences in Egypt, Malta, Gallipoli and France.

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Cowan, J. The Maoris in the Great War: a history of the New Zealand native contingent and pioneer battalion, Gallipoli, 1915, France and Flanders, 1916-1918
Read an online edition of this book at NZETC

  • Ch.1-2: recruiting and organising Māori contingent;
  • Ch. 3-5: Gallipoli;
  • Ch. 6: formation of Māori Pioneer Battalion;
  • Ch. 7-18: Western Front Messines, Flanders, Passchendaele, Le Quesnoy.
  • Ch. 11: Cook Islanders in the field.
  • Appendices: Māori roll of honour, pp. 162-9; list of those who have died since discharge, p. 170; list of those who died in training, p. 171; deaths among Rarotongan contingent, p. 171. Decorations and awards, pp. 172-4
Rarotongan Roll of Honour
Rarotongan Roll of Honour, (First Contingent) Returned Services Association, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands Flickr File Reference 2014-07-P1030951

Te hokowhitu a tu: Maori Pioneer Battalion [Information file held in Ngā Pounamu Collection]
Includes songs, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, and list of casualties.

New Zealand’s great war: New Zealand, the Allies and the First World War, edited by John Crawford and Ian McGibbon, 2007
A collection of essays on various aspects of New Zealand’s involvement in the war, at home and abroad, including Ch. 5: Te Hokowhitu-a-Tu, by M. Soutar.

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He Rau Mahara: To Remember the Journey of Our Ngāi Tahu Soldiers : From the Pā to the Battlefields of the Great War
Featuring photographs and profiles of Ngāi Tahu soldiers, produced by Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu.

Pointer, M. My heart is crying a little: Niue Island involvement in the Great War, 1914-1918
150 Niue Islanders served with the New Zealand Māori contingent in Egypt and France. Book published in English and Niuean. Roll call: pp. 156-161; shipping lists: pp. 170-176.

Pugsley, C. Te Hokowhitu a Tu: the Maori Pioneer Battalion in the first World War
Includes discussion of Gallipoli, France and the Somme. Nominal rolls, pp. 85-130; roll of honour, pp. 131-140; honours and awards, pp. 141-2.

Soutar, Monty Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War
Includes over 300 images, many from family collections and not published before.


He Rau Mahara: To remember the journey of our Ngāi Tahu soldiers. From the pā to the battlefields of the Great War.

Monty Soutar: Breaking up the Maori Contingent
This is an edited extract from Monty Soutar’s essay ‘Kua Whewehe Matou!  Breaking up the Maori Contingent and the Ordering Home of Four of its Officers’ in the book How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War, shared courtesy of publisher Victoria University Press.

Māori Pioneer Battalion
Images of Māori Pioneer Battalion soldiers. From Auckland Public Libraries’ heritage images collection.

Pacific Islanders in NZEF
Information on the main indigenous Pacific contribution to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force from New Zealand History Online.

Māori Units of the NZEF
Information from New Zealand History Online.

Māori and the First World War
Information from New Zealand History Online on the Māori reaction to World War One.

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