Te Whare Maumahara - opening ceremony for the Māori soldiers memorial museum

We'll be livestreaming the opening ceremony for the Māori soldiers memorial museum starting at 8am 5 February. The new museum raises awareness of Māori commitment to New Zealand in times of war and the price of citizenship for the indigenous people of Aotearoa  

On this day in 1940, eighty years ago, 500 officers and men of 28 (Maori) Battalion marched up the Nias Track to take their part in the ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Everyone praised the fine bearing and drill of the men, who had been in training for less than two weeks. Many in the crowd gathered to greet them, were whanau hoping to get another glimpse of their sons, brothers or husbands before they sailed away to fight in the Second World War. Also present was a guard of honour formed by veterans of the New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion who had fought in the First World War. Few had any illusions about the how long and arduous this second war was would be.



8.30 Introduction: Matt Te Pou, MC

Arrival of the official parties: NZDF, Ministerial, and Vice Regal parties

National Anthem

Karakia: Reverend Anthony Brooking, Chaplain

Welcoming address: Pita Tipene, Chair, Waitangi National Trust

Waiata: Buono Notte Mio Amore


  • The Right Hon Jacinda Adern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Waiata: Te Aroha

  • The Rt. Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO

Waiata: Defence Force solo vocalist performs

Poem: Hoki Mai, Tayi Tibble

Unveiling and opening

Ribbon cutting and unveiling of plaque to mark the opening of the Museum by the Rt. Hon Dame Patsy Reddy

Blessing: Reverend Anthony Brooking, Chaplain

Waiata: Au e ihu

Tour of museum

Final blessing

Waiata: Piko Nei ti Matenga

Waiata: Blue Smoke, Louis Baker